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Can Having Genital Herpes Affect Hiv Antibody Test

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U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Understanding Genital Herpes

Overview Cause Transmission Symptoms Diagnosis Treatment Prevention Complications Overview Genital herpes is a sexually transmitted infection (STI). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, one of every five teenagers and adults is infected with genital herpes. Women are more commonly infected than men and it is estimated that one of every four women has herpes. Although at least 45 million...
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Can having herpes affect and HIV test?

I was wondering...i had an HIV test done last week and am still awaiting the results. I have HSV1 and have been having an outbreak for about a month, and have been, and still am on a high dose of acyclovir. Can any of this affect the outcome of...
Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

Response from Katherine Luzuriaga, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
Neither an acute episode episode of herpes or herpes antiviral therapy should affect HIV testing results. Some people have antibodies that cross-react with components of the HIV antibody screening assay (ELISA) and cause false positive results.... Read more »

hpv or herpes affect hiv test?

hello and thank you, I had unprotected oral sex(no semen)but pre semen,With a high risk hiv person,so I got tested 5 mo. later and result was negative.I have hpv and possibly herpes. Could having those virus interfere with hiv test results? Also...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
Being infected with HPV or herpes will not affect the accuracy of the HIV antibody test.RMK... Read more »

Does viread for hep b affect hiv antibody testing

Is a 3 month hiv antibody test conclusive ( after possible risk) whilst on viread for hep b ( over 2 yrs )...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
If you were infected with HIV despite being on Viread (which is highly unlikely) your HIV antibody test would be positive. DW... Read more »

Lithium & Alprazolam (Xanax) affect HIV Antibody Test Results?

Do Lithium and/or Alprazolam (Xanax) affect HIV Antibody Test results? I see several generic questions about other depression/anxiety meds but nothing on these. I seem to be part of a trend of those both worried about HIV infection and...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
No.... Read more »
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Can Sulpiride affect the result of HIV antibody test?

Posted by character28, 2 Replies
Hi guys, do you have any information about this? Can it be possible that this antipsychotic alters the result of an HIV test? Is there actually any medicine that alters the result of an HIV test? I've asked this questions to the experts at TheBody... Read more »

Can HIV antibodies cross react in a herpes test

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi folks,
I am wondering if HIV antibodies can be mistakenly be picked up by HSV-2 IgG ELISA. This may cause false positive for HSV-2. ELISA (even for HSV-2) being a more sensitive test as compared to specific has been always known to throw in false... Read more »

Antibodies vs Antibodies

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I have read here that having herpes will not affect your hiv test. Okay so I am likely splitting hairs here but since this is my life I need to know. If I had contracted Herpes and HIV at the same time and my body began making antibodies... Read more »

Genital Herpes

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I know this is an hiv forum but I was wondering if the first episode of genital herpes is extremly painful or not? What do the lesions look like and how long do they take to go away? Please answer!

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