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Do Positive Results For Rapid-result Hiv Tests Need To Be Confirmed By Standard Antibody Tests

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Positive Elisa, Indeterminate Western Blot, Negative Rapid Test HIV test was indeterminate?(INDETERMINATE HIV TESTS, 2009) (PREGNANCY, 2009)

Hi, Doctor - Around 2 weeks ago during my annual OBGYN appointment, I received a HIV test. The Elisa came back repeatedly positive and the Western Blot was indeterminate with traces of P24. Freaking out, I then went to my local health clinic 4 days...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,You are most likely HIV negative. See below.Dr. BobHIV test was indeterminate?(INDETERMINATE HIV TESTS, 2009) (PREGNANCY, 2009)Feb 21, 2009 Hi, I have been sexually active for over two years now. I got tested two years ago and it came back... Read more »

rapid testing results

How accurate are the rapid test. I had one done monday night becuase the local health department gives them and i have no insurance. It came back poz. My usual thing is just being a voyer and taking care of myself. So needless to say i'm in...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I recommend you review the information about rapid tests in the archives of this forum. Briefly, their sensitivity and specificity exceed 99%. A negative test is considered definitive; however, a positive rapid test needs confirmation by... Read more »

orasure rapid pos result

I just recieved a pos result from the orasure rapid test. I then took the other oral test (at the same time to confirm)and will know in 2 days. Went to my MD and waiting for cd4,t-cell and hiv blood draw rests too. At the time of the test I was...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Could an oral herpes outbreak, use of Valtrex and being Hep B surface antigen positive for eight years affect the results of an HIV OraSure rapid test? No. However, could you have a false-positive OraSure oral rapid test ("ora-quick oral... Read more »

Standard test VS Rapid test

Hy Ryan. Can you tell me, if you know, what's the difference between a standard Elisa test, and a rapid HIV test like Genie II Hiv 1/2 at 12 weeks (3 months) ???...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

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

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
There isn't a difference in terms of accuracy of results; the primary difference between standard EIA/ELISA and rapid tests is the length of time it takes for a client to receive results. Both the standard EIA/ELISA and the rapid tests screen... Read more »
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Need to confirm negative result??

Posted by lpk, 4 Replies
Have tested negative after about 3 years after possible exposure. Is there any need to retest after this amount of time? People are always recommended to retest after testing positive- why would this not be the same for negative results? Read more »

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 »

Need Help with test results... Pregnant Test

Posted by lookingtolearn, 2 Replies

I asked this questions in the Ask the Experts area but received no response so I will try you helpful people.

My wife is pregnant and during her 10 week appointment did a routine HIV screening. The results were: Repeatedly Reactive Elisa,... Read more »


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