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Lyme Disease vs HIV testing

HiCan you please explain the similarities and differences between lyme disease testing and hiv testing? Is it possible for someone who has been tested positive for the ELISA and western blot tests may not neccessarily be infected with HIV? The...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
The combination of ELISA and Western blot are very good at detecting HIV. The ELISA is less specific but is sensitive - menaing it has permits false positives so as not to miss people with antibodies to HIV. The Western blot is more specific so... Read more »

Antibiotics, Lyme Disease, and HIV testing

After testing negative at 3 and 6 months, I had a positive ELISA, negative Western Blot at 12... Read more »

blood exposure, and negative test at 8 weeks

Hello Dr. Frascino,Thank you so much for your answer, I just have another quick one, how or where... Read more »
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Still in shock & worried about specialist meeting

Posted by madisongurl, 4 Replies
...disease which I would have contacted back in September that would also elevate cd8 cells could this possibly give false positive hiv test? Read more »

hiv is a myth?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Collaborated with Abbott Laboratories in developing some of the first HIV tests.... There are at least 30 tests marketed to test for HIV. None of them are approved by the FDA to diagnose the presence or absence of HIV. Not the Elisa, not viral... Read more »

Just tested "reactive" and showing some symptoms

Posted by personpitch, 3 Replies
...more about it, I found out it its some what rare for Caucasians with out HIV. I wondered why the doctor hadn't suggested an HIV test, but decided to get one anyway. I took the 20 minute oral swab test, and it came back reactive. I've never... Read more »

HIV or Wot?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...sweats - dry cough. Last August I got bitten by a bloody tick an got infected with a bacteria called borelli or in another name Lyme disease and the symptoms of this disease are similar to HIV. I am so confused I have to change my life style... Read more »