Indeterminate ELISA followed by negative results

Question

Doctor Your opinion would set my mind at ease although I guess I know the answer. Back in 1999 after a real exposure to HIV (several unprotected sex with a HIV+ man - I was always on top and of course I did not know his status by then) I underwent follow up testing. Two and three months negative...6 months also negative but this one took one day longer to be delievered. At that time, here in my country, they used to run TWO assays (ELISA) at the same time for HIV screening. They told one of my ELISAs turned back indeterminate (gray zone) and the other one was negative so they retested in duplicate using the same blood and both came back negative - so thats why they gave me a negative result. After that, I had several, several, several ELISAs done (all negative) e I even got a Western BLot 6 years later just to be sure and this WB was also negative. I also had PCRs 9 and 10 years later, all negative. My question is: would be possible that HIV entered my body and then went away leaving a trace (and this only indeterminate ELISA was "this trace")? I am sorry if I seem unable to cope with that situation. I am OK now though. Merry Christmas and a Great New Year! My question is

Answer

Hi,

Would it be possible that HIV entered your body and then went away, leaving only a trace (indeterminate ELISA)? No, absolutely not. But you knew that already, didn't you? Of course you did.

If you can't cope, you should seek the help of a psychiatrist or psychologist. HIV is not your problem. No way. No how.

Happy Holidays. Be well. Stay well. Noel.

Dr. Bob