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HIV Meds and False Positives on Drug Tests

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By Aaron Laxton

February 11, 2013

Recently I took a drug test and found that I tested positive for THC or marijuana. After doing some research I discovered that many HIV meds can cause false positives on drug screens. This video talks about this.

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Comment by: Brooke W. (Cleveland, OH) Wed., Feb. 27, 2013 at 6:39 pm UTC
This is interesting, as I've never heard this before in 20 years of HIV/AIDS work. Do you have any references to confirm this? Thank you.
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Comment by: teapot (nyc) Thu., Feb. 28, 2013 at 1:51 pm UTC
Check these out. It happens sometimes, but not most of the time.
Comment by: Lacking (Pennsylvania) Sat., Jun. 7, 2014 at 11:56 am UTC
Teapot... you cannot reference forums as a valid reference. Peer reviewed studies please

Comment by: john swanson (denver) Thu., Feb. 21, 2013 at 10:32 pm UTC
I'm HIV+ and on meds for 5 years now...I am tested every two years, and occasional pop quizzes, as I have a CDL. I'm taking Norvir, Reyataz, and Abacavir/lamivudine, I have never popped positive for THC.
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I am simply a guy who on June 6, 2011, received the news that over 33 million people have received: I am HIV positive. I decided in that split moment to record the journey that I was embarking on so that I might help others as they receive that news.

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