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Can Steroids Cause A False Negative

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Can steroids cause a false negative?

Hi thanks for taking so much time to talk to all of us. I had unprotected sex with some one who I would consider to be high risk over 6 months ago. I just took a test that came up negative. I have used anabolic steroids for over two years, and I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,High-dose corticosteroids, like prednisone, can cause immunosuppression; however anabolic steroids, like testosterone, should not affect HIV test results. By the way, why have you been using anabolic steroids for two years? Arnold, is that you... Read more »

OCD medication causing false negative results?

I am one of the many people on this site who is obsessed by HIV and terrified of catching it. As a... Read more »

Can pregnancy cause a false NEGATIVE result?

Hi! Just a quick question. I hear about pregnancy sometimes causing false positive HIV results,... Read more »
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Questions and Answers: False-Positive Oral Fluid Rapid HIV Tests

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False Negative

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi, I read somewhere that cortisone can cause false-negatives, well the day I took my HIV test, I had put some hydrocortisone cream on a rash I had earlier that day. Should I be concered that I recieved a false-negative? Read more »

Help please.. Possible 2 False negative ELISA *DELETED*

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so ELISA tests NEVER give a false negative?

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Is this statement correct? Read more »

False Negative-help

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I had Qual. DNA-PCR by Specialized Testing of St. Louis, MO at 5 weeks after an exposure which came back negative. I am still having symptoms and am awaiting an antibody test results. Did any of you have a false negative? Just wondering my chances.... Read more »