Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr Instagram
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
February 09, 2016, 08:47:03 PM

Login with username, password and session length

  • Total Posts: 684982
  • Total Topics: 53598
  • Online Today: 232
  • Online Ever: 585
  • (January 07, 2014, 02:31:47 PM)
Users Online
Users: 4
Guests: 176
Total: 180


Welcome to the POZ/AIDSmeds Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ/AIDSmeds community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Author Topic: Question About Atripla & False Poz Urine Drug Screen  (Read 2912 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline RobbyR

  • Member
  • Posts: 727
Question About Atripla & False Poz Urine Drug Screen
« on: May 17, 2013, 06:10:51 PM »
Hi everyone, I have a question which has probably been asked but would like some fresh perspective & hopefully encouragement. I recently aced an interview, and was offered a job, depending on the background check & drug test results. No biggie, except I am on Atripla for my HIV, and of course many know it can cause a false positive sometimes for THC which is in marijuana (which I do NOT use).

I went in for my pre-employment drug screen yesterday, and they gave me a urine test. I already had a note from my doctor which stated I am on a medication which can sometimes cause a false positive for THC, without stating what the medication is or why I am taking it of course, to protect my privacy. I tried to give it to the lady who gave the test, but she said it was now their policy not to accept notes from doctors up front due to newer privacy regulations. It was just a pre-employment drug screening, so I was not given the chance to list medications I am taking at that point.

So I asked her what do I do in the (hopefully unlikely) event of a false positive result. She said someone will call me if something comes up, and then I would have the chance to tell them of any meds I am taking or get doctor verification. I just hope they don't send it to my potential employer first before giving me the chance to provide documentation of what I am taking, since they did not allow me to when I gave my urine sample. But she assured me that IF something comes up in the test, I'll have the chance to provide documentation of doctor's notes regarding medications I take.

I did call the out of state headquarters of the lab anonymously, and asked their policies about prescription meds and results, and they said they don't send results to the testee, but only to the employer, and that I would have to contact the employer. Well, obviously I wouldn't want to do that because I don't want them knowing what med I take or that I am positive. And that is not what the local lab where I had the test done told me, they said I would have the chance to first cite any meds I am on before the employer is notified.

I just hope the local lab will do the right ethical thing and call me first if anything comes up and allow me the chance to provide simple verification from my doc about my meds, and the potential impact on the test.

Lastly, not sure if this matters or not but I took another drug test several months ago, but it was a mouth swab test, not a urine one, and came back clean, and I was on Atripla then also. Just hoping nothing comes back and I don't have to deal with anything. Because it would seem very unlawful and unethical for any potential employer to receive drug test results WITHOUT first giving the testee the chance to provide doctor verification of medications. This job would be my dream job, and I really don't want something as lame as this to spoil it for me.
« Last Edit: May 17, 2013, 06:13:37 PM by RobbyR »


Offline Jeff G

  • Administrator
  • Member
  • Posts: 16,823
  • How am I doing Beren ?
Re: Question About Atripla & False Poz Urine Drug Screen
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2013, 06:42:58 PM »
Im in pain management and they used to drug test me to make sure I wasn't abusing the medications and Atripla did show a false positive to THC , they expected it because they knew what meds I was on so it wasn't a problem for me .

Offline RobbyR

  • Member
  • Posts: 727
Re: Question About Atripla & False Poz Urine Drug Screen
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2013, 07:28:59 PM »
Im in pain management and they used to drug test me to make sure I wasn't abusing the medications and Atripla did show a false positive to THC , they expected it because they knew what meds I was on so it wasn't a problem for me .

Thats cool, I'm hoping nothing will show up so I don't have to deal with this, but in this case, it is just a routine pre employment drug screening so they don't know what meds I am on yet. They said if something comes up they will let me know first and give me the chance to list what meds I take or provide doctor's note before contacting my potential employer which seems like the ethical thing to do. I'm hoping they use the more sensitive test for it so as to rule out anything other than meds if there is a false poz. I just don't necessarily want my future employer to know what meds I take, because if I had to tell them the specific med, then they would know I am hiv positive so I don't want that to influence anything. Just hoping for the best.


Offline Niceguy2013

  • Member
  • Posts: 74
Re: Question About Atripla & False Poz Urine Drug Screen
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2013, 09:11:12 PM »
Was wondering how this turned out. I am in the same situation and never got a call from the company thus far. How did your test turn out?

Offline Niceguy2013

  • Member
  • Posts: 74
Re: Question About Atripla & False Poz Urine Drug Screen
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2013, 08:32:59 PM »
Just for the record I had a pre employment drug test and they didn't ask what medicine I was on. They said if anything was out of the ordinary a medical review officer would contact me for clarification. I'm on Atripla for the past 9 months
and was worried.

I saw on the paperwork that they confirm with GC-MS Gas chromatograph and mass spectrometry.

No one contacted me and I passed the drug test because I landed the job. So don't stress about this too much.


Terms of Membership for these forums

© 2016 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.