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Offline odyssey

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False positive on ELISA blood test?
« on: January 07, 2009, 05:55:44 PM »
Last Januaury I had unprotected anal sex in which the man ejaculated inside me. I was so nervous that I didn't have the guts to tell him to wear a condom. I just found out yesterday that I tested positive for HIV on the ELISA test. It was a blood test performed at my doctor's office. The doctor said there is a chance it is a false positive. Somehow though, I feel inside that it isn't. Now I'm just waiting for the results of the Western Blot test. I was just wondering if anyone could give me information about false positives such as the likelihood of having one and/or what could cause one. At this point I'd rather just know either way than be stuck in this situation of not knowing and worrying. Thanks!
01/09/09- diagnosed HIV+
01/16/09   CD4-425    22%  VL- 32,415
11/09- started Reyetaz/Norvir/Truvada
03/10- stopped R/N/T
10/18/11   CD4- 328   20%  VL- 84,000
10/25/11   CD4- 386   22%
10/28/11- start Truvada/Reyetaz/Norvir
12/30/11  CD4- 523  29%
03/08/12  CD4- 503  31%  VL 57
07/02/12  CD4- 897  43%
08/31/12  CD4- 745  39%
12/27/12  CD4- 884  40%
03/28/13  CD4- 819  39%
07/19/13  CD4- 739  40%
10/17/13  CD4- 535  36%
01/16/14  CD4- 743  43%

02/14- switched from R/N/T to Tivicay/Epzicom because of CKD 3 suspected from tenofovir.

03/14- switched back to R/N/T due to severe nausea and inability to eat on T/E.
 
04/01/14 CD4- 898  42%   VL-

Offline Ann

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Re: False positive on ELISA blood test?
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2009, 06:00:55 PM »
od,

False positives can and do happen. You cannot be considered to be hiv positive until you've had a WB confirmation.

Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline odyssey

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Re: False positive on ELISA blood test?
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2009, 07:28:23 PM »
I am totally aware that false positives do happen. From what I was able to find, the rate is about somewhere between 1 in 100 and 1 in 300. I was not claiming I am HIV positive. I was hoping someone could provide more information about why a false positive might happen, like if they have been found to be associated with taking certain medications or anything like that. Also, I was wondering how long the WB test takes? I have an autism spectrum disorder, so trying to understand these things is kind of difficult.
01/09/09- diagnosed HIV+
01/16/09   CD4-425    22%  VL- 32,415
11/09- started Reyetaz/Norvir/Truvada
03/10- stopped R/N/T
10/18/11   CD4- 328   20%  VL- 84,000
10/25/11   CD4- 386   22%
10/28/11- start Truvada/Reyetaz/Norvir
12/30/11  CD4- 523  29%
03/08/12  CD4- 503  31%  VL 57
07/02/12  CD4- 897  43%
08/31/12  CD4- 745  39%
12/27/12  CD4- 884  40%
03/28/13  CD4- 819  39%
07/19/13  CD4- 739  40%
10/17/13  CD4- 535  36%
01/16/14  CD4- 743  43%

02/14- switched from R/N/T to Tivicay/Epzicom because of CKD 3 suspected from tenofovir.

03/14- switched back to R/N/T due to severe nausea and inability to eat on T/E.
 
04/01/14 CD4- 898  42%   VL-

Offline RapidRod

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Re: False positive on ELISA blood test?
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2009, 07:38:50 PM »
Medications do not alter the test results. False positives are usually lab error.

Offline odyssey

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Re: False positive on ELISA blood test?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2009, 07:49:04 PM »
Oh, okay. Thanks for that information.
01/09/09- diagnosed HIV+
01/16/09   CD4-425    22%  VL- 32,415
11/09- started Reyetaz/Norvir/Truvada
03/10- stopped R/N/T
10/18/11   CD4- 328   20%  VL- 84,000
10/25/11   CD4- 386   22%
10/28/11- start Truvada/Reyetaz/Norvir
12/30/11  CD4- 523  29%
03/08/12  CD4- 503  31%  VL 57
07/02/12  CD4- 897  43%
08/31/12  CD4- 745  39%
12/27/12  CD4- 884  40%
03/28/13  CD4- 819  39%
07/19/13  CD4- 739  40%
10/17/13  CD4- 535  36%
01/16/14  CD4- 743  43%

02/14- switched from R/N/T to Tivicay/Epzicom because of CKD 3 suspected from tenofovir.

03/14- switched back to R/N/T due to severe nausea and inability to eat on T/E.
 
04/01/14 CD4- 898  42%   VL-

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Re: False positive on ELISA blood test?
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2009, 08:09:58 PM »
Hopefully it will turn out to be a false positive. But if it's not, then you'll find plenty of support here dealing with that IF it happens.

Good luck and keep us posted.

Andy Velez

Offline Ann

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Re: False positive on ELISA blood test?
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2009, 03:45:19 AM »
od,

Medications will not affect the hiv antibody test. Pregnancy can and some autoimmune diseases can as well.

Good luck.

Ann
Condoms are a girl's best friend

Condom and Lube Info  



"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

Offline odyssey

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Re: False positive on ELISA blood test?
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2009, 04:26:34 PM »
Thanks for the additional information. Now all I can do is wait until I get the results of the confirmation test. I appreciate the responses to my questions!
01/09/09- diagnosed HIV+
01/16/09   CD4-425    22%  VL- 32,415
11/09- started Reyetaz/Norvir/Truvada
03/10- stopped R/N/T
10/18/11   CD4- 328   20%  VL- 84,000
10/25/11   CD4- 386   22%
10/28/11- start Truvada/Reyetaz/Norvir
12/30/11  CD4- 523  29%
03/08/12  CD4- 503  31%  VL 57
07/02/12  CD4- 897  43%
08/31/12  CD4- 745  39%
12/27/12  CD4- 884  40%
03/28/13  CD4- 819  39%
07/19/13  CD4- 739  40%
10/17/13  CD4- 535  36%
01/16/14  CD4- 743  43%

02/14- switched from R/N/T to Tivicay/Epzicom because of CKD 3 suspected from tenofovir.

03/14- switched back to R/N/T due to severe nausea and inability to eat on T/E.
 
04/01/14 CD4- 898  42%   VL-

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: False positive on ELISA blood test?
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2009, 04:51:53 PM »
OK. Good luck. We'll be waiting to hear further from you.
Andy Velez

Offline odyssey

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Re: False positive on ELISA blood test?
« Reply #9 on: January 09, 2009, 09:57:09 AM »
The doctor called me this morning and told me that the second test was also positive, confirming the result. So, now I know I have HIV. I'm in shock right now. I guess I won't be posting in the "Am I Infected?" forum anymore. Thanks for the help everyone.
01/09/09- diagnosed HIV+
01/16/09   CD4-425    22%  VL- 32,415
11/09- started Reyetaz/Norvir/Truvada
03/10- stopped R/N/T
10/18/11   CD4- 328   20%  VL- 84,000
10/25/11   CD4- 386   22%
10/28/11- start Truvada/Reyetaz/Norvir
12/30/11  CD4- 523  29%
03/08/12  CD4- 503  31%  VL 57
07/02/12  CD4- 897  43%
08/31/12  CD4- 745  39%
12/27/12  CD4- 884  40%
03/28/13  CD4- 819  39%
07/19/13  CD4- 739  40%
10/17/13  CD4- 535  36%
01/16/14  CD4- 743  43%

02/14- switched from R/N/T to Tivicay/Epzicom because of CKD 3 suspected from tenofovir.

03/14- switched back to R/N/T due to severe nausea and inability to eat on T/E.
 
04/01/14 CD4- 898  42%   VL-

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: False positive on ELISA blood test?
« Reply #10 on: January 09, 2009, 10:10:04 AM »
OK. Very sorry to hear about that result but you will find lots of suport on this site.

There is a Forum "I Just Tested Poz." Introduce yourself there. We also have several lessons and information I think you'll find helpful. I know it's a shock but you will get through this and you're going to find life is still going on and it's good.

Cheers.
Andy Velez

 


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