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Author Topic: Question About Atripla: Need Opinions  (Read 1864 times)

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Offline newbieguy

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Question About Atripla: Need Opinions
« on: June 17, 2011, 12:40:21 PM »
I posted a similar question a long time ago, I'd just like some fresh perspectives. I just graduated college and so looking for work. I've been on Atripla since August of 2010 and seems to be working well for me, keeping my VL low or undetectable. My question is, I've heard that Atripla can cause a false positive for THC (a component in marijuana) in drug tests. I don't do any recreational drugs at all, so what happens if my potential employer did a drug test and it came back positive for THC? Should I tell the drug tester beforehand what medication I'm taking? Would they then have to tell my employer that I am on Atripla for HIV? I just wouldn't want my being HIV positive to affect them hiring me or not. Additionally, how would the drug tester even know whether a false positive for THC is not in fact testing positive for marijuana which I do NOT use? If I switched to Isentress/Truvada would this eliminate the chance of a false positive. Thanks in advance to anyone who answers!

Offline liketheboat

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Re: Question About Atripla: Need Opinions
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2011, 01:22:14 PM »
This is something that i have wondered about as well, even tho i do smoke pot. I have asked my sister about this, who is a chemical dependency counsler. She told me that you would have to discolse to the agency that is conducting the test that you are on a medication that can cause a false positive for THC, you may have to produce a copy of the script to them. When your sample comes back with a positve test for THC they more than likley will requirea levles test to see if the amount of "THC" is consisitant with the use of Atripla. That should be plenty for them to consider that a clean drug test.And the lab that is doing the testing is bound by HIPPA
Aaron
Memorial Day 2010 Seroconverted
Labor Day 2010 tested positive
Oct 2010 cd4 359 vl 6,500
Dec 2010 cd4 vl 306
Jan 2011 started Atripla
Feb 2011 cd4 250 vl ud
April 2011 cd4 399 vl ud
June 2011 cd4 293 vl ud
October 2011 cd4 354 vl ud
March 2012 cd4 561 vl ud

Offline liketheboat

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Re: Question About Atripla: Need Opinions
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2011, 01:24:37 PM »
sorry my hands went out of controle and i posted before i was done.

They are bound by HIPPA to not disclose the details of your case to your potential employer. Meaning that they can not tell them what medications you are on, or why you are on them.

Keep im mind that drug testing laws differ state to state, and i live in Montana, so you may want to check with a lab in your home state to see what the procedures are where you live. Hope this is helpful.
Aaron
Memorial Day 2010 Seroconverted
Labor Day 2010 tested positive
Oct 2010 cd4 359 vl 6,500
Dec 2010 cd4 vl 306
Jan 2011 started Atripla
Feb 2011 cd4 250 vl ud
April 2011 cd4 399 vl ud
June 2011 cd4 293 vl ud
October 2011 cd4 354 vl ud
March 2012 cd4 561 vl ud

Offline newbieguy

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Re: Question About Atripla: Need Opinions
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2011, 03:01:29 PM »
Very helpful info, thanks. I'm still wondering if I could avoid any confusion or drug test false positives by just switching regimens, to Isentress/Truvada from Atripla...I know truvada is in Atripla, so that might not make a difference, unless it is the Sustiva in Atripla which can cause the false positive for THC...could anyone give me some answers on that account? Personal experiences? Thanks

Offline phildinftlaudy

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Re: Question About Atripla: Need Opinions
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2011, 06:40:08 PM »
When I thought I might have to get a pre-employment drug test done, my doctor gave me a letter that I was under treatment for a medical condition and that I was taking a medication that might cause a false positive for THC - thus, a more sensitive test should be used.

She did not say what the medical condition was - and did not say what the medication was that I was on.

Hope this helps.

Phil
September 13, 2008 - diagnosed +
Labs:
Date    CD4    %   VL     Date  CD4  %   VL
10/08  636    35  510   9/09 473  38 2900  12/4/09 Atripla
12/09  540    30    60   
12/10  740    41  <48   
8/11    667    36  <20  
03/12  1,041  42  <20
05/12  1,241  47  <20
08/12   780    37  <20
11/12   549    35  <20
02/12  1,102  42  <20
11/12   549    35  <20

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Re: Question About Atripla: Need Opinions
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2011, 01:37:35 PM »
Changing meds isnt necessary.  You can simply tell the testing lab that you take Atripla (previous poster is right, hippa laws prevent them from sharing that info with your employer).  If you dont want to do that many employers allow pre-employment drug screening to be done by your own physician.   

Its the sustiva that can cause the false positive result not truvada, fyi

 


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