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Non Pregnancy Reasons For False ELISA

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Elisa Results +ve and reactive (FALSE POSITIVE ELISA AND PREGNANCY)

Dear Rob,I am 37 year old happily married man and have been married for more than eight years. We have two sons, eight and six.My wife is 20 weeks pregnant. She went for all sorts of tests as per norm, but to our schock the Elisa results came back:...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Positive/reactive ELISA results must always, always, always be confirmed with a more specific test (Western Blot or immunofluorescent assay) before the person is labeled HIV positive. That your wife's gynecologist may not realize this is... Read more »

false positive Elisa

I was date raped a year ago. I took a HIV test at 60 and 90 days and both came out negative. At... 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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What is the significance of the reported increases in false positives when using the oral fluid HIV test in New York City sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinics? It is important to keep in mind that overall oral fluid tests have performed well.... Read more »
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Pregnancy and HIV false positive result

Posted by rustychaucer5968, 3 Replies
Hello everyone. I appreciate if anyone could answer my question regarding pregnancy and HIV False positive result.

My wife may be pregnant and she may be obtaing her routine blood test. I once read that if a pregnant woman was to take a HIV test, the... Read more »

Reactive Elisa, Non-reactive Western Blot

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
I went in for an HIV antibody test 90 days post-possible exposure and the result came back reactive on the Elisa and non-reactive on the western blot. Are the antibodies produced in response to HIV unique or are they generic to a host of other... Read more »

False Positives with the Elisa

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Just wanted to clarify, if I could: Are you guys saying that the Elisa test will sometimes be positive, but they will then confirm it with a Western blot . . . . and if the Western blot is negative, then they just tell you "you're negative"?

I don't... Read more »

Recived a "False Positive" test, but still worried

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
A few days after sleeping with my girlfriend while she was on her period, using a condom, I got something like the flu, with the addition of sore throat, complete loss of appetite for 3 days, diarrhea and a stomach ache. After the 3 days, I felt... Read more »