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Author Topic: Indeterminate Western Blot Reactive Elisa  (Read 4364 times)

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Offline bluejay2011

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Indeterminate Western Blot Reactive Elisa
« on: April 19, 2011, 02:27:57 PM »
During a routine physical, I decided to be tested for HIV/STI's.  Everything returned normal except HIV.  ELISA/EIA was repeatedly weakly reactive, western blot was indeterminate with an equivocal p18 band.  All other bands were absent. I was advised that I should retest in 4-6 weeks. I didn't wait the entire 6 weeks because I was a bit anxious and decided to retest at 5 weeks.  Results were the same---indeterminate with an equivocal p18 band. 

My boyfriend and I just got back together but he tested negative three weeks prior to my indeterminate test and he tested negative again at my 5 week mark. We have been having unprotected sex.

Prior to us reconciling our relationship, I was involved with another man. (my last encounter with him was approx 5-6 weeks prior to my boyfriend and I getting back together)  But he and I ALWAYS had protected sex and the condom never came off or broke that I am aware of.  I do not know his status. 

I've scheduled an appointment w/an ID doctor because of my anxiety...I've been told that both sets of results are consistent with a false positive... Any advice would be appreciated... As it has been almost 3 weeks since my last lab and anxiety is STILL getting the best of me! 


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Re: Indeterminate Western Blot Reactive Elisa
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2011, 03:14:51 PM »
Your anxiety is certainly understandable. False positives or indeterminate happen for all sorts of reasons.

It doesn't seems as if you did anything risky with the other fellow you were involved with.

I suggest you and your bf use condoms until you both test negative at 13 weeks past the most recent unprotected intercourse.

Keep us posted. I'm expecting you to come out of this ok.
Andy Velez

Offline bluejay2011

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Re: Indeterminate Western Blot Reactive Elisa
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2011, 10:21:01 AM »
Thanks!  My fears are getting the best of me. I'm assuming the worst.  That maybe the condom broke or came off and he did not make me aware of it... :0(  Or that my current bf got two false negative tests...

I guess the fact that I haven't developed any additional bands in a 5 week (which would have been 10-11 week exposure with the protected partner) time frame is a good sign.  However, my mind is playing with me and is telling me that I should have had the six week test done.

I can't wait until this whole ordeal is done and over!

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Re: Indeterminate Western Blot Reactive Elisa
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2011, 10:49:20 AM »
In the meantime while waiting to test you need to make a real effort to focus on other matters in your life. It will help to make the time to pass more easily than you may imagine is possbile. And don't bother saying you're too worried to do that because that response won't fly here. Just do it.

Again, I expect you to come out of this ok.
Andy Velez

Offline bluejay2011

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Re: Indeterminate Western Blot Reactive Elisa
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2011, 02:22:52 PM »
3rd and Final Western Blot:
NEGATIVE!!! & I will do everything in my power to keep it that way.

Thanks you all!!!

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Re: Indeterminate Western Blot Reactive Elisa
« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2011, 02:27:29 PM »
Glad to hear it both about your negative result and your committment to staying negative.

Cheers.
Andy Velez

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Re: Indeterminate Western Blot Reactive Elisa
« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2011, 03:45:22 PM »
Okay, so what I'm a little crazy because I'm back...just for a little reassurance.

So after my little 'scare', my (now fiance) discussed trying to have a child. We tried twice (unprotected of course)--approximately 3 and 4 weeks after he and I tested negative at the same time.  Then the anxiety smacks me in the face.  My bf was away for 45 days during this little 'situation'...but was testing from his location and forwarded me all the test results.  But I start thinking, what if he slept w/someone else, what if, what if, what if...now I have constant headaches and am afraid to sleep with him... AT ALL

I have discussed with my my desire to use condoms until I am completely comfortable...
Is this normal? Am I crazy?

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Re: Indeterminate Western Blot Reactive Elisa
« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2011, 04:00:16 PM »
Okay, so what I'm a little crazy because I'm back...just for a little reassurance.

So after my little 'scare', my (now fiance) discussed trying to have a child. We tried twice (unprotected of course)--approximately 3 and 4 weeks after he and I tested negative at the same time.  Then the anxiety smacks me in the face.  My bf was away for 45 days during this little 'situation'...but was testing from his location and forwarded me all the test results.  But I start thinking, what if he slept w/someone else, what if, what if, what if...now I have constant headaches and am afraid to sleep with him... AT ALL

I have discussed with my my desire to use condoms until I am completely comfortable...
Is this normal? Am I crazy?

You and your bf have reliably tested negative.

What you are talking about now is about trust with your partner. That is outside of the domain of this site. You should be talking about it with him and perhaps a counselor to sort that out.

Andy Velez

Offline bluejay2011

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Assess My Risk, Please
« Reply #8 on: April 04, 2012, 09:48:06 AM »
it's been about a year since I last posted here.  I recently began a sexual relationship with a man (I'm a female).  We have had sex about three times, all protected.  The last time, during the act I asked if the condom was still on. He pulled out to check but it was not.  It was still inside me. It was dark, so I couldn't see anything, but I assume that it slipped off upon his withdrawal because it was hanging out of me and I was able just to reach down and easily pull it out.  Is tested warranted?  Is my assumption (that the condom slipped during withdrawal) accurate ---being that the condom was still hanging out of me. 

I just need a little reassurance.     

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Re: Indeterminate Western Blot Reactive Elisa
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2012, 09:57:10 AM »
I've merged your threads here. In the future please follow our rule and keep any entries you may make in this same thread. Thanks for your cooperation.

Your assessment that the condom slipped off during withdrawal sounds right to me. I don't see any need for testing in this situation.

It's good to know you are consistently having condoms used for intercourse. They provide very effective protection against HIV. I don't see any need for testing in relation to this incident. 
Andy Velez

 


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