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Hiv Testing Errors

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HIV testing error

I tested positive for chlamydia. I also took an HIV test, which came back as an error. Is that from the chlamydia or is it more likely I'm positive for HIV?...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
The HIV test needs to be repeated.... Read more »

HIV test claimed to be "lab error"

Hello Dr.!I've been reading your site for the past four hours while I am at "work"... Read more »

Testing error?

My girlfriend tested HIV positive in December 2003, following a negative test a month earlier. In... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Maryland: Three Resign in Wake of Hospital Lab Errors in HIV Testing

The University of Maryland Medical System has announced the resignations of Maryland General Hospital President Timothy D. Miller, laboratory Administrative Director James Stewart and Dr. Philip Whelan, director of the hospital's lab and the... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Vets Affected by VA Hospital Errors to File Claims

An attorney representing about 60 veterans will ask the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to pay disability benefits and damages for mistakes that may have exposed them to blood-borne infections. Mike Sheppard of Nashville said he expects other... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New Orleans: New HIV Test Cuts Wait Time for Results

Editor's Note: This story contains factual errors that have subsequently been corrected. Please click here for the corrections. For the past month, three New Orleans sites have offered HIV testing using a recently approved blood test that... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Army: Insulin Error Put 2,100 Patients at Risk

The recent discovery that insulin injection pens might have been improperly used on diabetics being treated at William Beaumont Army Medical Center (WBAMC) in El Paso means more than 2,100 patients may be at risk for hepatitis or HIV, Army officials... Read more »
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To Anxiety : error's in testing

Posted by Kevin_In_Sydney, 1 Reply
Hi anxiety,

This is an answer to a question from Ryan Kull which should quell your fears regarding errors in testing

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Clerical Errors

Posted by Anonymous
I think that most of us are in agreement that a test at 12 weeks is pretty conclusive. The newer 3rd gen tests will pick up pretty quickly, by probably 3-6 weeks, with the stone age original 1st gen tests by 12 weeks. So what about the reliability... Read more »

Lab Errors

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Does any one know if a lab would sometimes mix up test, or in some other way botch up a test and cause a false-negative. Has anyone heard of this happening. Also my one possible risk came when I performed oral sex on a woman. This is considered... Read more »

My boyfriend tested hiv+ i think he gave it to me.

Posted by TrueOptimist, 1 Reply
This has been a true nightmare,one that I always kind of thought I would be in and one that for some reason I honestly didn't seem to care much for,one that I thought I could handle,apparently I was very wrong.Now that I am in this situation I am... Read more »