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Use Of Corticosteroids And HIV Tests

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Chronic corticosteroid use and HIV Tests

I've seen you reassure many posters who have been treated intermittently with corticosteroids that the steroids will not generate a false-negative HIV test result. I also read, however, that antibody suppression might be possible in patients...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Strata,There really is no specific cutoff point. That is, we can't really say 20 mg of prednisone will have absolutely no effect on antibody production, but 25 or 30 mg will invalidate an HIV test. The immune system's ability to make... Read more »

Corticosteroid use and HIV Rapid tests

Dear Dr Bob, Can treatment with 30mg prednisone daily for 10 days done 6 months... Read more »

Corticosteroid interference with HIV testing or OK to woo-hoo?

Hi Dr. Bob,Following a possible exposure at the lab I work at (a drop of serum on my finger which... Read more »
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HIV i-Base

Intranasal and Topical Corticosteroids and Risk of Cushing's Symptoms in HIV Patients on Ritonavir-Based Combinations

Although iatrogenic Cushing's syndrome has previously been reported as a complication from the drug-drug interaction between ritonavir and corticosteroids (we included two cases in HTB last year), two posters at BHIVA this year highlighted low... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Reasons for Not HIV Testing, Testing Intentions and Potential Use of an Over-the-Counter Rapid HIV Test in an Internet Sample of Men Who Have Sex With Men Who Have Never Tested for HIV

The correlates of the main reasons for not HIV testing, HIV testing intentions, and the potential use of an over-the-counter rapid HIV test (OTCRT) among men who have sex with men who have never tested for HIV (NTMSM) are unknown, the authors wrote.... Read more »
TheBody.com

How Accurate Are Rapid HIV Tests? Study Finds Blood Tests Slightly More Accurate Than Oral Tests

Rapid HIV tests perform slightly worse when testing oral samples in comparison to blood, according to a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on Jan. 24. Researchers from Canada, led by Nitika Pant Pai, M.D., of McGill... Read more »
American Academy of HIV Medicine

AAHIVM Reaffirms Support for Routine HIV Testing, Calls Upon All Medical Providers to Perform at Least One HIV Test on National HIV Testing Day June 27

Washington, D.C. -- With the overhaul of the nation's health care system at center stage for the White House, the Congress and the country, the American Academy of HIV Medicine (AAHIVM), on National HIV Testing Day 2009, affirms its commitment to... Read more »
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Corticosteroids and HIV test

Posted by Faith1970, 1 Reply
Do corticosteroids cause false negatives on HIV antibody tests. I took medrol dose pack 6 weeks before my 12 week test for 3 days, quit taking because of side effects. And I had a steroid shot a week before my 12 week test. Please advise. Read more »

WebMD/corticosteroids

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
WebMD states that the use of corticosteroids can alter the HIV test...
My fiancee took the Home Access test approx. 17 months after sex with his ex-girlfriend, it came back negative. During the month before the test, he had 3 epidural injections... Read more »

GMAN- follow up on corticosteroid ?'s

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Thank you for replying to my questions. Dr. Bob says that taking high-dose corticosteroids can affect HIV test results, is he referring to something other than what my fiancee had (3 injections)? My fiancee tested again, this time 9 weeks after his... Read more »

Corticosteroids- experts only please (Gman)

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
My fiancee took the Home Access test approx. 17 months after sex with his ex-girlfriend, it came back negative. During the month before the test, he had 3 epidural injections (corticosteroids) in his back for his bad disk. The test was taken 3... Read more »