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 taking...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...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 specific antibodies is a highly complex process. Corticosteroids are... 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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New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute

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AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

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The Well Project

Did You Just Test HIV Positive?

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