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Corticosteroids and HIV test

Posted by Faith1970, 1 Reply
Do corticosteroids cause false negatives on HIV antibody tests. I took medrol dose pack 6 weeks before my 12 week test for 3 days, quit taking because of side effects. And I had a steroid shot a week before my 12 week test. Please advise. Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
WebMD states that the use of corticosteroids can alter the HIV test...
My fiancee took the Home Access test approx. 17 months after sex with his ex-girlfriend, it came back negative. During the month before the test, he had 3 epidural injections... Read more »

GMAN- follow up on corticosteroid ?'s

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Thank you for replying to my questions. Dr. Bob says that taking high-dose corticosteroids can affect HIV test results, is he referring to something other than what my fiancee had (3 injections)? My fiancee tested again, this time 9 weeks after his... Read more »

Corticosteroids- experts only please (Gman)

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
My fiancee took the Home Access test approx. 17 months after sex with his ex-girlfriend, it came back negative. During the month before the test, he had 3 epidural injections (corticosteroids) in his back for his bad disk. The test was taken 3... Read more »

Need advice regarding my HIV antibody test

Posted by goingcrazy1000, 1 Reply

I really need some feedback regarding my HIV antibody test I took on August 25, 2008. Here I go with my story...I am married for 12 years with three children. I made the biggest mistake of my life!! I started having an affair September 2007... Read more »
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Chronic corticosteroid use and HIV Tests

I've seen you reassure many posters who have been treated intermittently with corticosteroids that the steroids will not generate a false-negative HIV test result. I also read, however, that antibody suppression might be possible in patients...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Strata,There really is no specific cutoff point. That is, we can't really say 20 mg of prednisone will have absolutely no effect on antibody production, but 25 or 30 mg will invalidate an HIV test. The immune system's ability to make... Read more »

Corticosteroid interference with HIV testing or OK to woo-hoo?

Hi Dr. Bob,Following a possible exposure at the lab I work at (a drop of serum on my finger which had hangnails - not even sure if it got on the hangnails, but I digress), I went to see my PCP due to some possible ARS symptoms that I was feeling...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Your negative EIA tests at 44 days and 98 days are definitive and conclusive. Topical clobetasol does not interfere with HIV test results, ability to produce anti-HIV antibodies or the duration of the window period. Bottom line: It's... Read more »

Corticosteroid and False Negative HIV test ?

Hi, I already asked this question but I didnt get an anwser yet,no problem, I know you are very busy helping other peaople who are in need, and I thank you a lot for the wonderful job you do at the, I hope you will help me... This is my...
Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

Response from Lisa Hightow-Weidman, M.D., M.P.H.

University of North Carolina
Hello there-I think the answers to all your questions really sum up to the fact that you are not infected. A steroid injection would not affect the results of your HIV test. While i don't know the cause of your rash, it was not seroconversion... Read more »

corticosteroids and co-infection

In a patient taking perscription corticosteroids, if a concern exists for simultaneous HIV/HepC exposure, will PCR testing stage the HIV/HepC infection in the absence of detectable antibody response?...
Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Response from Barbara McGovern, M.D.

Tufts University School of Medicine
Hepatitis C testing should not be effected by steroids. If there is still a concern regarding large doses of steroids and antibody responses, you could always check for hepatitis C infection by checking for the virus itself.Dr. McGovern... Read more »
HIV i-Base

Intranasal and Topical Corticosteroids and Risk of Cushing's Symptoms in HIV Patients on Ritonavir-Based Combinations

Although iatrogenic Cushing's syndrome has previously been reported as a complication from the drug-drug interaction between ritonavir and corticosteroids (we included two cases in HTB last year), two posters at BHIVA this year highlighted low... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Supplemental Testing for Confirmation of Reactive Oral Fluid Rapid HIV Antibody Tests

In March 2004, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the OraQuick┬« Rapid HIV-1 Antibody Test (OraSure Technologies, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) for use with oral fluid by trained personnel as a point-of-care test to aid in the diagnosis of... Read more »
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

First In-Home, Rapid HIV Antibody Test Approved for Use in U.S.

On July 3, 2011, FDA approved the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, the first over-the-counter, self-administered HIV test kit to detect the presence of antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and type 2 (HIV-2). The OraQuick In-Home HIV... Read more »

Rapid HIV Antibody Testing May Have Limitations in a Population With High Incidence of HIV

My name is Dr. Joanne Stekler. I'm an acting assistant professor at the University of Washington. I also work for Public Health Seattle and King County. This is a poster entitled "Limitations of HIV Antibody Testing in a Population with a High... Read more »