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Inconclusive Hiv Test Results

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inconclusive HIV testing results

Hi I was recently diagnosed with HIV (viral load of 50,000 and t cell of 84) by using the blood test method, but when I am tested with the rapid oral tests I still show as HIV negative. Can you explain how this can happen? I had to tell some of my...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thank you for your post.Sorry to hear about your diagnosis; one type of false negative testing results from patients who have very low CD4 counts (like you)- such can be the case where the patient's immune system is so impaired that there... Read more »
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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

California: Porn Actor's HIV Test Results Officially Reported to County

...result to the Los Angeles County Public Health Department (LACPHD). Staff at the Sherman Oaks-based AIM conducted a PCR-DNA test for HIV on the adult-film performer on Oct. 9. Their diagnosis of HIV infection was made Oct. 12. On Tuesday, AIM... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Zambia: Government's SMS System for HIV Test Results

... Zambia's Ministry of Health is piloting a project that sends newborn HIV test results back to community health centers via text messaging, shortening to three to five days a process that used to take up Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

CDC Recommendations on HIV Testing Not Followed "Comprehensively," Too Few People Tested, HIV Specialist Says in Washington Post

... CDC guidelines that recommend HIV testing be a part of routine care for people ages 13 to 64 -- as well as annual testing for people at high risk of the virus, such Read more »
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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 ecstasy hinder HIV test results ?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi there. I was just wondering if taking drugs like ecstasy or cocaine a few weeks before testing can affect the results in any way ? Also, I read somewhere that ecstasy use lowers the immune system, so could this cause any problems when testing ? Read more »

Ex-Lab Worker Questions HIV Test Results

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Ex-Lab Worker Questions HIV Test Results By FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press writer BALTIMORE - Thousands of patients could have received questionable HIV (news Read more »

HIV Test Results

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I am a 32 year old female from a very small town and I have lived in terror of HIV since about 1995. I basically diagnosed myself based on symptoms and in my mind I was almost certain that I was HIV positive. This has crippled my life for the past... Read more »