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How Can You Get A False-positive Hiv Blood Test

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HIV screening for donating blood (BLOOD DONATION, FALSE POSITIVE TEST 2009)

Dr. Bob, My sister recently tried to donate blood and was denied. She recieved a letter stating that she was HIV positive. How accurate are the tests that the Red Cross performs? She is getting an HIV test but I would like to know what the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...screening tests is set so that it will err on the side of protecting the blood supply. In other words, if the test picks up some false positives, no problem. The questionably positive blood can then be discarded. Donors are notified to follow up... Read more »

False positive HIV results cont...

Hello again Dr. Bob,I posted a question on 6/26. Well now I have gotten my second test results back... Read more »

HIV...Scared (PREGNANCY AND FALSE POSITIVE HIV TESTS)

Dr. Bob,My wife is preganant with our first child. She has had multiple preganancies before, even... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Questions and Answers: False-Positive Oral Fluid Rapid HIV Tests

...STD clinics, perform a follow-up test on finger-stick whole blood after a reactive oral fluid test. The strategy of follow-up blood testing allows counselors to give more accurate information based on both test results. This strategyperforming a... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

MMWR Report Examines False-Positive Oral Fluid Rapid HIV Tests

...determined." Currently, the health department has suspended the use of oral fluid testing in the STI clinics, and finger-stick whole-blood testing is the only rapid HIV test being used. These "findings underscore the importance of confirming... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

OraQuick Oral HIV Test Produces Higher Number of False Positives Than Expected, Study Finds

...test, the researchers learned to anticipate a higher number of false positives and act accordingly. Walensky said that although blood tests are more accurate, patients are less willing to receive a blood test than the OraQuick test, adding that... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Overview of False-Positive Oral Fluid Rapid HIV Tests

...increase in false-positive test results in late 2005, the NYC DOHMH STD clinics began offering an immediate finger-stick rapid blood test to patients who had a preliminary positive result using the oral fluid rapid test. Following the oral fluid... Read more »
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Likelihood of False Positive with ELISA?

Posted by jp976, 1 Reply
...the guts to tell him to wear a condom. I just found out yesterday that I tested positive for HIV on the ELISA test. It was a blood test performed at my doctor's office. The doctor said there is a chance it is a false positive. Somehow though, I... Read more »

Pregnant and False- positive

Posted by pregnant2009, 3 Replies
... I am 9month pregnant and two weeks ago my Ob doctor ordered me a HIV test. Last week the result came in and it was positive. Then he took my blood again to confirm. I was shocked by the result. Read more »

Am I being ridiculous? Hiv false positive scare

Posted by belk13, 7 Replies
...Hello.. i tested "false positive" at the local clinic with an ora-sure rapid hiv 1/2 kit.. they immediatley followed it up with a second test (elisa) that was Read more »

The 3d Generation Test and False Positives: Help!

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Not Scared and others have written about the 3d generation Elisa test that tests for both HIV-1 and HIV-2. I got one of those blood tests yesterday and it is being sent to the Nichols Institute in California. I should know by Tuesday what the... Read more »