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brainfried
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Western Blot Accuracy
      #257740 - 09/22/11 04:06 AM

I have read tons of articles on Elisa testing and all the various rapid tests, but I can't find any information at all on the Western Blot test. From my understanding, the Elisa has a high sensitivity which means you will get some(rarely) false positives. The Western Blot has a high specificity,... which means you will get some false negatives? I know I've been assured a few times that I'll be fine, but still, I received two positive CMIA tests, a negative p24 test, and a negative Western Blot test(no bands). It has been over 6 months since my exposure, so I cannot imagine what could be causing this to happen now. Even more concerning are some reports I have read that say these new CMIA tests are better than the Western Blot. Am I screwed? I got retested yesterday, I'll get the results on Monday and my stomach is turning inside out.

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mariana
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abaut your test new
      #257758 - 09/22/11 06:11 PM

http://www.medhelp.org/posts/HIV---International/HIV-CMIA-TEST-REALIABLE/show/1270359

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mariana
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Re: abaut your test new
      #257759 - 09/22/11 06:15 PM

Sorry i dont help sorry

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mariana
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Re: Western Blot Accuracy new
      #257760 - 09/22/11 06:28 PM

Can you describe what was your risk? to see if I can help?

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rustychaucer5968
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Re: Western Blot Accuracy new
      #257766 - 09/22/11 11:29 PM

I think your negative status on the western blot test is conclusive. Try to relax.

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