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Reason For Not Getting Tested For Hiv

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Reason for false positive anti hiv test

Hi DR.BOB I hope ypu are alright .You r doing a great job.This is first time i am writing you and i need some information because i can not find this on net.I have heard that flu,sore throat,laryngitis and fever causes false positive anti hiv...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi EKRIVA,No, that is not true! Flu, sore throat, laryngitis, antibiotics and fever would not cause false-positive HIV-antibody tests! This is just another example of inaccurate information that can be found on the Web. I'd suggest you stick to Read more »

Acute HIV, Diahrre & Medication; Medical reasons for early testing?; Acute HIV treatment??

Dear Dr Bob,first of all let me thank you SO MUCH for running this fantastic site, and for... Read more »

2 Inconclusive Western blot test

I'm 4 months pregnant and this is my 3rd pregnancy I gave birth in 2006 and 2007 all my labs came... Read more »
Articles
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Maryland Hospital's HIV, Hepatitis C Testing Problems "More Widespread Than Previously Indicated," State Report Says

... Maryland General Hospital 's HIV and hepatitis C testing problems are "far more widespread than previously indicated," and equipment failures at the "poorly run" laboratory could have Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Testing Within At-Risk Populations in the United States and the Reasons for Seeking or Avoiding HIV Testing

...HIV testing, and a subset of those untested people do not perceive themselves to be at risk for HIV. The most commonly cited reason for testing reflected personal motivation (i.e., "to know where one stood") followed by recognition of risk (i.e.,... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...immunizations. They could also occur because of lab error, or because of the test's very high sensitivity , discussed below. For these reasons, positive ELISA results must always be confirmed with a Western Blot or IFA (below), and at reputable... Read more »
The Body

What Are the Symptoms of HIV and AIDS?

...Because the symptoms of acute HIV are almost impossible to tell apart from the symptoms of the flu, they're not a good enough reason on their own for you to run and get tested for HIV. What really matters is whether you did anything within the... Read more »
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Bear:Please help...

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Am I infected section: I really believe I am having a nervous breakdown. I had a relationship like 15 years ago and for some reason I keep thinking that I am +. I figured by now I would have some indication or be dead without medication. I just... Read more »

Help me, please

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...I really believe I am having a nervous breakdown. I had a relationship like 15 years ago and for some reason I keep thinking that I am +. I figured by now I would have some indication or be dead without medication. I just went to the Read more »

should I re-test?

Posted by abitworried, 1 Reply
...read that in some rare occasions it can take up to 6 months for HIV to show up in tests. I hate to ask this, but is there any reason I should seek a retest or am I just being paranoid? Read more »

validity of a 12 week antibody test

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Can knowledgable people of the forum let me know if a 12 week antibody test can be considered conclusive after 1 time high risk situation even though major symptoms persist. How much faith can be really put in a 12 week antibody test. I am aware... Read more »