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What Could Cause Syphilis False Positive Results

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Can an hiv antibody test false-positively react to syphilis?

I decided to go get tested for hiv a couple of months ago. I went to this non-profit testing site and i had an oraquick rapid test and a western blot done. Both of them came back positive and i was in shock. I didnt know how to accept that. Then...
Richard Cordova III

Response from Richard Cordova III

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Hi there:Thanks for writing in. When a person is infected with HIV, Syphilis can cause a much more severe decline in the CD4 count. In regards to Syphilis being misinterpreted for HIV, the answer is no. Please see a previous answer by Dr. Bob for... Read more »

The Flu and False Positve HIV Results (FLU SHOT AND FALSE POSITIVE HIV TEST)

I was reading your archives and came across a question about the correlation between false... Read more »

Possible causes of false-positive home blood test

Hi, I'm about to take my first HIV test, and plan to use a rapid blood test (Home Access... Read more »
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Early Expiration May Be Cause of Unusually High False-Positive Rates on OraQuick Rapid HIV Tests, Study Finds

There's nothing like hearing the results of studies directly from those who actually conducted the research. In this interview, you'll meet one of these impressive HIV researchers and read her explanation of a study she presented at CROI 2009. After... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Syphilis Can Attack the Liver in HIV-Positive Men

Because syphilis is sexually transmitted, it is common for HIV and syphilis co-infection to occur, particular among men who have sex (MSM). This co-infection poses many problems, including these: Treponemes, the germs that cause syphilis, are... Read more »
Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Dutch Doctors Uncover High Rates of Syphilis in HIV-Positive Men

Over the past decade, rates of syphilis have soared in Canada and other high-income countries. Syphilis outbreaks are common and ongoing among men who have sex with men (MSM). In the United States and possibly elsewhere, rates of syphilis among MSM... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Questions and Answers: False-Positive Oral Fluid Rapid HIV Tests

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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False Positive?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Does anyone know if marijuana could cause a false positive test result (specifically for an HIV DNA by PCR)? I smoked a lot about five days prior to my test. Also, I am on an antidepressant/anti-anxiety medication called Effexor (150 mg). Does... Read more »

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 »

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 »

Pregnant and False- positive

Posted by pregnant2009, 3 Replies
I am 9month pregnant and two weeks ago my Ob doctor ordered me a HIV test. Last week the result came in and it was positive. Then he took my blood again to confirm.
I was shocked by the result. I didn't know whether the new born baby will be... Read more »