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Does Having Breast Cancer Affect HIV Antibody Test

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AIDS InfoNet

What Is AIDS?

...to fight the infection. It will make "antibodies" -- special molecules to fight HIV. A blood test for HIV looks for these antibodies. If you have them in your blood, it means that you have HIV infection. People who have the HIV antibodies are called "HIV-Positive." Fact Sheet 102 has more information on HIV testing. Being HIV-positive, or having HIV disease, is not the same as having AIDS. Many people are HIV-positive but don't get sick...
Ask the Experts

Living with AIDS and now possibly breast cancer

I had an abnormal mammogram at this point they are not saying that I have breast cancer, I am scheduled to have a biopsy, I am scared and feel like I am in a catch 22 if I get the treatment for cancer will I have to stop the AIDS treatment, and if I...
John L. Sullivan, M.D.

Response from John L. Sullivan, M.D.

University of Massachusetts, Medical School
...Breast cancer is a very common cancer in our population; while there are several cancers[ most of these are cancers that involve cells of the Read more »

HIV/AIDS and Breast Cancer.

Can breast cancer lead to HIV/AIDS or have anything to do with HIV/AIDS?
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...Breast cancer and HIV/AIDS are pretty much unrelated. Breast cancer does not lead to HIV, and HIV does not lead to breast cancer. A very Read more »

Does having breast cancer change HIV testing?

If you were to find out you had breast cancer, then would your 6 month HIV test be final or do I need further testing?
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...HIV testing should NOT be altered in anyway by a diagnosis of breast cancer. If your 6 month HIV test is negative, then I would consider this result as final. Read more »

Sore nipple-- is it breast cancer?

MY PARTNER HAS A PAIN IN THE RIGHT NIPPLE. HE IS HIV POSITIVE FOR ALMOST 4 YEARS. HIS RIGTH NIPPLE LOOKS BIGGER THAN THE LEFT, AND ALSO ITCHES. HE HAS A LOT PAIN. IS IT POSSIBLE THAT HE IS HAVING BREAST CANCER? I KNOW THERE ARE A FEW...
Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Response from Bruce Dezube, M.D.

Harvard Medical School
...Breast cancer in men can indeed occur, but it is most uncommon. HIV positive patients get breast enlargement relatively commonly. This can Read more »
Articles
AIDS InfoNet

Nelfinavir (Viracept)

...virus. Protease inhibitors "gum up" these scissors. Nelfinavir also fights some types of cancer. It has been studied against breast cancer and anal cancer. Who Should Take Nelfinavir? Nelfinavir was approved in 1997 as an antiretroviral drug... Read more »
The Well Project

Caring for Your Heart if You Have HIV/AIDS

...replacement therapy (HRT) may increase a woman's risk for heart disease, stroke, pulmonary embolism (blood clot in the lung), and breast cancer. For some women, the benefits of HRT outweigh the risk of heart disease. Talk to your health care... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

... Why Should You Get Tested for HIV? What Are HIV Antibody Tests? ELISA Western Blot (WB) Assay Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA) Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...In the US, call the National AIDS Hotline, (800) 342-2437. The most common HIV test is a blood test. Newer tests can detect HIV antibodies in mouth fluid (not the same as saliva), a scraping from inside the cheek, or urine. "Rapid" HIV test... Read more »
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Immune system & HIV detection

Posted by andypb, 1 Reply
What is compromised/ supressed immune system. Does compromised/ weak immune system take more time to produce antibody to HIV infection. Would a Person having as low Cd 4 counts 350 is considered to have compromised immune system. Do such person... Read more »

Breast Cancer

Posted by Anonymous
...I am currently writing an article for the magazine HIV Plus on women with HIV who are diagnosed with breast cancer. I'm interested in speaking with women with HIV who have had this experience. If you would be interested in speaking with me Read more »

Do any drugs affect HIV test results?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I am taking valium for anxiety and recently had a negative HIV test. Could taking valium have compromised the HIV test results? 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 Read more »