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Rose
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My story..please help
      03/30/00 10:03 PM

Hi. I'm reading everyone else's stories and I want to tell you
mine. Last year I was undergoing fertility treatments and my
specialist asked if I would take an HIV test. I said not at all
knowing I was not at risk. I got a false positive result on the
elisa test and a negative result on the western blot test.
Needless to say I panicked when he gave me the results. He said
it was nothing to worry about and that he would retest me in 30
days. I have only been with one man my whole life and that is my
husband. I am not an iv drug user and I never had a blood
transfusion. I immediately called my family doctor and he said he
would retest me. I had to wait a few days and in those few days I
lost 6 pounds, I did not sleep eat, etc. I was severely stressed.
I took the test and got back a positive elisa test and a positive
western blot test. Needless to say I was shocked and scared to
death. I immediately began to think about doctors, dentists etc.
that I have been to in the prior 6 months before these tests. I
was baffled and confused and kept insisting to my doctor that
something must be wrong. He suggested my husband get checked. My
husband's test results were negative. My husband's last sexual
partner was more than 11 years ago. I soon began to accept that I
was HIV positive and began talking to the people at the AIDS
hotline 1-800-342-AIDS. They insisted that I go for a DNA test to
make 100% sure of my results. I went again 2 weeks later and had
the elisa, western blot and dna. My elisa was positive, western
blot negative and dna negative. My doctor called and said you are
negative. Forget about it now. You must have had a virus which
was similar to the HIV virus and it gave a positive result.
Needless to say my life has never been the same. I kept thinking
I was positive and refused to have any kind of sex with my
husband. I wouldn't even have protected sex with him because I
felt like somehow I got this disease in another way that the
experts don't know yet. My doctor insisted I get checked 6 months
later and I did. My elisa came back negative, western blot
negative and dna negative. I was so relieved but I still live my
life with doubt which is terrible. I don't know if anyone has
ever had this experience but I would appreciate any kind of
information anyone has for me. I feel as though I'm positive even
though I went through all the steps to find out I'm negative. I
know in my heart that I could never been positive because of my
lifestyle, etc. I can tell you one think that I have learned and
that is that I am a big supporter of AMFAR and AIDS NAMES
PROJECT, etc. I am so concerned for all of the people who have
this disease and I want to help in any way I can. Life really is
too short for all of us and I know that I live my life
differently now. Please help..... Rose




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