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Offline Tim226

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« on: October 24, 2008, 12:01:12 AM »
Hello Im thankful for this forum as Im sure it helps many people. Im a former worried well. Couple of years ago I went through extreme anxiety after unprotected sex and went through all kinds of testing well after the window period. Of course I was negative and finally got over it. Well now I have a new girlfriend and we decided to both get ourselves tested. The thought of getting tested again as brought back alot of my anxiety even though I know Im ok. Ive been having severe allergies the last few weeks and im concerned that could make the test come out false positive. I know a western blot rules out a false positive but its still a concern. Can allergies affect an hiv test in that way and if so, should I wait a few weeks to get it? The allergies have gotten better but Im still concerned about the antibodies cross reacting with the hiv test. Just asking becuase I remember reading a long time ago somewhere that allergies could possibly cause a false positive. Forgive me if im posting this in the wrong forum. Thank You.

Offline RapidRod

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« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2008, 12:43:18 AM »
What was your other nick that you registered with?

Offline Tim226

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« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2008, 01:01:14 AM »
I don't remember sorry it was so long ago. Any thoughts on my question?

Offline RapidRod

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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2008, 01:04:53 AM »
You didn't read anywhere allergies cause false positives. Doesn't happen.

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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2008, 06:40:23 AM »
Tim,

I'll give you the benefit of doubt that you were a member of the old FuseTalk forum software. When we switched to the SMF software in the Spring of 2006, everyone had to re-register. HOWEVER, please make note of your current account details - username, email address and password - and keep them safe somewhere in case you wish to return in another couple years. We're very strict with our "one account per person" rule. Thank you for your cooperation.

Conditions which sometimes cause false positives are pregnancy and some autoimmune diseases. I've never heard of allergy antibodies causing false positives.

As long as you and your girlfriend are securely monogamous, you're doing exactly the right thing by testing together. Please remember to test for ALL STIs, not just hiv. As long as your hiv and syphilis tests are done three months or more after the last unprotected intercourse incident either of you had, your tests will be accurate and conclusive.

It's nice to see someone doing the adult, responsible thing. Good luck with your relationship.

Ann
« Last Edit: October 24, 2008, 06:42:27 AM by Ann »
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