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Author Topic: Some help. False positive elisa.  (Read 711 times)

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Offline Johnarango

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Some help. False positive elisa.
« on: March 13, 2014, 06:36:19 PM »
Hello. Thank you for your time for reading this. I am a 21 year old male. I had brief unprotected sex with a female unknown status in the summer of 2012. I know my last possible time of exposure has been over a year now. Haven't had one since. I went to donate blood 1/20/2014 I got a letter stating I tested repeatedly reactive for the elisa hiv test. They did a IFA confirmatory test which came back negative and also took a sample of my donation and put it with a pool of other samples for a NAAT test which also my pool came back negative or non reactive. They told me that I was not living with hiv and can come back in 6 months to try again. Now 2 weeks after I got that letter I took an oraquick home swab test which came back negative. I was starting to worry I did it wrong or something so 2 more weeks after that I did another oraquick home test and it came back negative. I went and did another elisa on 2/19/2014 and I got a repeatedly reactive elisa test with a negative non reactive western blot. The doctor told me to forget about it and move on. I never asked about the levels to the positive elisa they never informed me, but I don't know if that matters?  Now all these test have been conducted over a year past risk event. My questions are the following:

Can I move on? Is something wrong with me?

Is there a chance I have hiv 1/2? The rare type o or anything like that?

Since it's been over 1 year is it conclusive that I'm negative?

Is false positive elisa something to investigate?

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Re: Some help. False positive elisa.
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2014, 06:54:00 PM »
Hello. Thank you for your time for reading this. I am a 21 year old male. I had brief unprotected sex with a female unknown status in the summer of 2012. I know my last possible time of exposure has been over a year now. Haven't had one since. I went to donate blood 1/20/2014 I got a letter stating I tested repeatedly reactive for the elisa hiv test. They did a IFA confirmatory test which came back negative and also took a sample of my donation and put it with a pool of other samples for a NAAT test which also my pool came back negative or non reactive. They told me that I was not living with hiv and can come back in 6 months to try again. Now 2 weeks after I got that letter I took an oraquick home swab test which came back negative. I was starting to worry I did it wrong or something so 2 more weeks after that I did another oraquick home test and it came back negative. I went and did another elisa on 2/19/2014 and I got a repeatedly reactive elisa test with a negative non reactive western blot. The doctor told me to forget about it and move on. I never asked about the levels to the positive elisa they never informed me, but I don't know if that matters?  Now all these test have been conducted over a year past risk event. My questions are the following:

Can I move on? Is something wrong with me?

Is there a chance I have hiv 1/2? The rare type o or anything like that?

Since it's been over 1 year is it conclusive that I'm negative?

Is false positive elisa something to investigate?
The Western Blot and IFA negative results trump all positive tests that you have received. You can move along you do not have HIV.

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Re: Some help. False positive elisa.
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2014, 06:59:14 PM »
Ok so no matter how high the risk was back then my negative status is conclusive and definitive and I can continue unprotected with my fiancé?

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Re: Some help. False positive elisa.
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2014, 07:02:21 PM »
Ok so no matter how high the risk was back then my negative status is conclusive and definitive and I can continue unprotected with my fiancé?
Your negative test results are conclusive.

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Re: Some help. False positive elisa.
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2014, 08:46:55 PM »
I removed your post from another members thread  . Please only post in this one thread no matter how long between visits or subject matter . You can find your thread by going to your profile and selecting show own post and it will take you here .

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Re: Some help. False positive elisa.
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2014, 06:12:12 AM »
John,

Sometimes autoimmune problems can cause repeated false positive hiv antibody tests with subsequent negative WB tests, so rather than letting your doctor fob you off with "forget about it", while you can forget about hiv, you should be investigated for the possibility of having an as-of-yet undiagnosed autoimmune problem.

Do NOT confuse "autoimmune" with "immune deficiency". They are two totally different things. Autoimmune is when your immune system is hyper-active and starts attacking your own body in various ways. Just because you may not be showing any symptoms of an autoimmune problem doesn't mean it's not there, waiting to make itself known. See your doctor about this.

Whatever may or may not be going on, you've ruled hiv out of the picture.

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Re: Some help. False positive elisa.
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2014, 10:28:26 AM »
Ann, thanks for the info. So hiv is no way the problem? And I'm curious can a autoimmune disease kill someone? Am I basically screwed if I am diagnosed with one?

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Re: Some help. False positive elisa.
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2014, 02:19:44 PM »
John,

No, hiv has been ruled out as a problem for you.

As for autoimmune conditions, some can be difficult to live with, but most are manageable. There are many different types - for example, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are all autoimmune conditions, and there are others.

As I said earlier, this is something you should discuss with your doctor. It's outside the scope of these forums.

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