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david2008
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Oraquick...from last post...forgot the story
      #236383 - 02/07/08 04:45 PM



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Can u explain any of this?
Sep 25, 2005

Ok. Here is my complete story.... My husband was going away with the military he had to have all kinds of tests done. When he returned from having all his tests done, about a month later the military said "hey, we need you to come back and have more blood taken. There was something wrong with some of the blood tests". That was all they told him at that point. A week later he wnet back to be tested again and that is when they told him he was HIV+. He came home and told me. I immediately went to a clinic to be tested. They used an oraquick, it was negative. I was told I needed to wait the 3 months and be retested. My nerves were shot, about a month later I tested again by oraquick, it was neg. Now we were waiting again. At 2 1/2 - 3 months I got sick. My lymph nodes all swelled in my neck, my throat broke out with blisters, I was suffering from extreme tiredness, I had a vaginal infection from hell, my mouth had a white stringy crap coming out of it, and night sweats to the point of soaking my sheets. I flat did not feel good. I went to my doctor and told him the situation. He did a throat culture, a CBC, and suggested doing a blood test for HIV. He said it would be more accurate than the oraquick. I told him ok. That same day my husband had a doctors appt with the HIV specialist. They asked how I was doing and I told them about going to my doctor and what he said and did for me. They said the oraquick is just as accurate as a blood test. They had me do an oraquick while I was there, because of my symptoms they thought I was seroconverting. The oraquick was neg. I got my labs back from my doctor 2 days later. They blood tests they did was an EIA, it was pos. They then did an IFA to confirm the EIA, it was also pos. I took those labs back to the specialist and asked for an explaination, I did not get one. I did however get more labs done. They did a pcr dna and rna. Both came back undetectable and my CD4 count was 894, so they told me I was negative. I again asked how that was possible. They told me that my other tests were false positives. I was told I did not need to be retseted, I was neg. I started doing my own research. I went back to my doctor, told him what happened, even went as far as calling the lab that performed all the blood work, my doctors office even called an infectous disease doctor, who agreed I should be retested by western blot.The specialists office told me I was graspping at straws, that I did not need the western blot, but if it made me feel better, then do it, but I was negative. We immediately did the western blot, it came back positive. I went back to the specialist and asked again how this happened. Again, I got no answers. They did an oraquick at that point and it came back positive(sep 2nd).

My husband has a viral load count of 13500 (roughly) and CD4 count of 632. We are waiting right now for my counts to come back. They do know that he has only been infected for maybe 3 years at most. He tested neg in 2002. The labs that they use here in kansas is a small lab called AMS(http://www.amsreferencelab.com). All of my tests were done within a week and a half. It has been hard. It has been the rollercoaster ride from hell. We are managing though, at least trying to anyway.

I got all my most recent labs back yesterday. My CD4 count is 1094 and my viral load was undetectable. My husbands labs were done at the same lab as mine

Is there any explination for all of this?? my doctors are baffeled

Why would my viral load be undetectable all this time ?including my Pcr Dna?

and my increased CBC count?

any suggestions?




Response from Dr. Holodniy

I will not speculate about happened. I think a second set of testing separated by a few weeks in time will clear up the issue. Too many tests within a week, particularly during acute infection, can lead to confusion about the results and interpretation.









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david2008
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Re: Oraquick...from last post...forgot the story new
      #236385 - 02/07/08 05:19 PM

Another story....


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False positive or false negative?
May 13, 2007

First of all I dont know if I am posting this question on the right forum but!!!! OK, here we go: In June 2005 I tested positive with a VL of 330,000 and antibody test at this time it was non react which for what I have read is negative for the antibodies, I decided back then to start treatment right away (Truvada & Sustiva) due to the high VL, I got a geno and phenotype test done before starting treatment, Dr. check for antibodies at this time and still non react, during treatment I've been watching my counts very closely, which I've been undetectable since 08/2005, my VL went from 330,000 to undetectable in a period of two months and it has been that way, CD4 counts ranging at the beginning out of range, I don't know what this mean but anyways, DR. ordered a new test and CD4's were 286 at the beginning of treatment, and they have been in the range of 380-510. Last month my Dr. ordered my routine labs by fax and by error, the lab had a request for a lipid panel only, I told the lab person that it was an error and that they needed to contact my Dr. I live in a city where we have a 24HRS lab and I usually go to the lab late at night after work, so they were unable to contact my Drs office at this time, the lab person draw blood to do the other routine tests and because wasn't sure what test to run they run RNA ultra sensitive, rDNA and PCR Quantative and antibody, ultra sensitive results *=out of range, rDNA <75, and PCR quantative <50, wich is good, undetectable levels, now my main question is the antibody test was ran again and the result it was non react, which my understanding still NEGATIVE for antibodies after two years of infection, do you believe that the fist set of test there were false positive and now these new test are false Negative or what's going on?, by the way this is a great site and I apologized for this huge text and amount of mix questions. Thank you and have a great day




Response from Dr. Holodniy

Your HIV viral load was positive before treatment, I can't explain the antibody results.






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Leonardo
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Re: Oraquick...from last post...forgot the story new
      #236386 - 02/07/08 05:26 PM

Why are you wasting time on this crap? Just go to a doctor, get tested, and be done with it!

Leo


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david2008
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Re: Oraquick...from last post...forgot the story new
      #236388 - 02/07/08 08:41 PM

Leo, my point was that I tested at 13 weeks with rapid test and thought I was in the clear. Then I see these posts and now I don't know if I can trust the rapid test result. That is why I was looking for opinions from this group...not sarcasm!

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Leonardo
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Re: Oraquick...from last post...forgot the story new
      #236389 - 02/07/08 08:54 PM

Well, I mean. C'mon, man. Just go to a doctor, get tested, wait three months...get tested again. You're clear. Obsessing over hypotheticals will kill you faster than HIV.

I'm not being sarcastic. I really think you need to take a few deep breaths, calm down, and get tested.

Leo


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RidATroll
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Re: Oraquick...from last post...forgot the story new
      #236390 - 02/07/08 10:01 PM

Leonardo, don't waste your time. It's a troll.

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david2008
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Re: Oraquick...from last post...forgot the story new
      #236391 - 02/07/08 11:02 PM

OK then I guess that you are saying I shouldn't trust the neg oraquick at 13 weeks? Man, I thought this was a friendly forum. Getting called a troll for asking a question about my test result with a rapid test? I thought that was what this forum was for. Sorry!

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shadesofgrey
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Re: Oraquick...from last post...forgot the story new
      #236405 - 02/08/08 08:28 AM

Davod tje first story you told was by a nice women named daisey. a very unusual circumstance and i think they were going to use her as a case study, her cd4 are still in normal range although i dont think she is undectable anymore, she goes by a didnt name now and i am not sure what it is, the second sounds like a false positive or a reaction to the retrovivarl drugs, people have been to known to serorevert when put on drugs early , how lond they would stay that way is anyone guess. the rapid test is very reliable at 3 months, fingerstick is a little more sesitive than the oral, if you are still worried, go get an elisa and put this away for good, as it wil wreck your life, hope this helps. shades

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