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Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« on: January 13, 2007, 02:36:39 PM »
HI I am a gay male who has never bottomed, I have only ever been a Top. I almost always use a condom but have had occasions where i did not.
recently i was traveling in Mexico for two weeks in a three week period. and began developing what seemed as a sun rash on my shoulders and chest. When i returned the second time to Mexico the following time the rash slowly progressed. small reddish marks. When i returned from Mexico the rash became more severe. and i began to get the chills mild fever and my throat became inflamed white pussy tonsils it burned to eat and drink. I went to the Dr. he prescribed Biaxin a very strong antibiotic. The rash vanished in a day the rash was present for almost 4 weeks. (my Dr first though Scarlet Fever and then Dengue Fever. I began getting extreme headaches in the morning and my back was extremely sensitive to touch. While I still had these flu like symptoms my Dr ordered an HIV test. The test results returned and I Tested reactive for Antigen, I tested Reactive For the EIA and the supplemental. But i tested nonreactive for the Western Blot. According to my Dr this still is a negative test.
So I am now getting a 2nd test done including another Western Blot and a PCR.
Professionals or anybody with some knowledge or similar experience please help I am freakin out. Also I have now started having severe night sweats that started after all the other symptoms subsided.
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2007, 03:43:12 PM »
False positives are not an unheard of thing.  A variety things can cause a false positive (for example, Lyme Disease, Lupus, Syphilis, etc) on an ELISA--a very sensitive test, that is why it is followed up with a more specific confirmatory test--the Western Blot.  You didn't mention which PCR test (RNA or DNA) was ordered, but realize the potential for false positives are high there as well.   You also didn't mention the timeline in what you tested after your last unprotected exposure.  Assuming you tested at least 3 months after your last unprotected exposure--no other exposures since then, then you can be confident in the results being a false positive.  That said, I definitely agree with repeating your ELISA/Western Blot. 
« Last Edit: January 13, 2007, 03:44:50 PM by Coffeechick88 »
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2007, 03:47:50 PM »
My last sexual activity was about 4 weeks before the test. and the PCR test being done is the DNA i believe but unsure.
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2007, 04:19:30 PM »
If you insist of doing a PCR, the only one approved for early detection is the PCR RNA. This is not a stand alone test and will have to be backed up by and ELISA and Western Blot test.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2007, 04:25:03 PM »
In addition to what Rod said, you can only conclusively test negative 3 months after your last unprotected exposure.  In reality, an ELISA/Western Blot is enough in terms of testing.  But also realize that BOTH must be positive for you to be considered HIV positive.  So assuming you keep testing this way, you can safely assume your ELISA is false positive.

Anyhow, since you admit to having unprotected sex, have you done a full STD panel?  Other STDs are much easier to get than HIV, so you need to get the full picture.
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2007, 05:23:30 PM »
Thank you for your responses, another question how great are the chances that the Non reactive test for the western blot i had done are incorrect given the 4 week period since last sexual encounter and the positive EIA?
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2007, 06:12:00 PM »
I don't have any statistics for you.  You tested too early after your last unprotected sex episode.  You need to test out to at least 3 months later.  Only then can you really know what is going on HIV-wise.  If by then you are still testing with a reactive ELISA and negative Western Blot, you can be sure you are a false positive.  The only way you can be confirmed positive is if your Western Blot becomes positive, which one cannot say without more testing.  Anyhow, more testing is definitely needed in your case.  So I wish right now I could tell for sure what it is, but you don't conclusively know anything yet.  As I said before, make sure you get a FULL STD panel as well. 
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2007, 09:07:26 PM »
H,

The soonest you should test again with an ELISA is six weeks, as the vast majority of people who have actually been infected will seroconvert and test positive on both the ELISA and Western Blot by this time. A negative result at six weeks is unlikely to change, but MUST be confirmed at the three month point.

The only PCR testing approved for diagnostic use is the RNA PCR - and even then it is a piece of the puzzle and not a stand-alone diagnosis. A positive RNA PCR test still must be confirmed by both a positive ELISA and a positive Western Blot.

As you have been told, a DNA PCR test is NOT approved for diagnostic use as they have a high rate of false positives.

ANY hiv test (including the RNA) has the potential for false positive results - that's why a positive result is never conclusive on the strength of one type of test result alone.

Don't assume you are positive just yet. Wait for the conclusive confirmation one way or the other. In the meantime, try to remain productively busy. All the worry in the world won't change your results one way or the other.

Good luck and keep us posted.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2007, 12:25:07 AM »
Thanks so much for all your info...  So if we speak chance only are the chances of me being infact positive greater then the chance of me being negative by the time period i mentioned? With the results i had from the first tests? and taking into consideration the symptoms i have had?
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2007, 01:39:28 AM »
No, that does not mean your chances are greater that you are positive.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2007, 02:09:08 AM »
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Great so i just need alittle more help understanding things. I have had all those symptoms followed by night sweats that I have had for a week now. I had an HIV test taken while I am obviously suffering from a virus of some type the results come back Antigen reactive EIA reactive supplemental EIA reactive but the western Blot non reactive.
But the chances are greater of me infact being negative? I am having the PCR test and Western Blot test done on Monday.   What other possabilities are there and what other things could contribute to the symptoms I am having and the test result I had?

Please do PM anyone with questions. All your questions and concerns need to be placed in your thread.

Symptoms or lack of is no indication of an ARS illness or the ability to diagnosis HIV. The only way to tell is 12/13 weeks post exposure test. If your test comes back positive for the ELISA test and NEG on the Western Blot then you will be conclusively NEGATIVE. Drop the PCR testing, that will be one less test you have to pay for. Apparently you have not received the lab bill from the first PCR test.

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« Reply #11 on: January 14, 2007, 02:19:51 AM »
thanks for all your info rapid just abit freaked out.  wish i could find one other thing that could have caused those symptoms and given back those type of test results.
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2007, 07:55:01 AM »
H,

ARS symptoms, if they happen in a noticeable way at all, usually occur between two and four weeks after the infection has taken place. Your doctor has given your two possible explanations for your symptoms; has this been followed through with further testing for these illnesses? You only mention being tested for hiv.

It is unclear from your posts when your last incident of unprotected intercourse occurred - and most importantly, when was the last unprotected incident in relation to your hiv testing. Please give us this information so we can advise you more accurately.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2007, 12:02:28 PM »
alittle over 4 weeks prior to the test was the last sexual encounter. I had a mono test negative and strep also negative a throat swab. apparently that eliminates that it was Scarlett fever or bacterial infection. As for the Dengue fever no tests where done for this.
When the Dr first seen my symptoms the initial unconfirmed diagnosis was Scarlett fever.

Ann I hope this helps abit the last sexual encounter was 4 weeks before my first HIV test as of this Monday it will be 6 weeks that is when the next test will be done.

also wanted to add not sure it makes a difference or not but the last symptom I have is night sweats which are clearly reducing in severity.
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2007, 12:53:45 PM »
H,

If your ELISA returns a positive result again this week, if you are indeed positive, the Western Blot should also return a positive result by this time. If the Western Blot comes back negative again, then you are most likely hiv negative but this will need to be confirmed again at the three month point.

It is entirely possible that the illness you experienced was something other than hiv, but caused the sensitive ELISA to show (false) positive. It is also possible that you have an underlying condition you are not aware of (yet), such as an autoimmune disease, that is causing false positive ELISAs. Hopefully you will know one way or the other this week. If the doctor still wants to do a PCR, make sure the RNA PCR test is used. Your situation IS a situation where RNA PCR testing would be appropriate.

I want you to be aware that I am not factoring your symptoms into any of this. Symptoms or even the lack of symptoms mean absolutely nothing when it comes to hiv infection - only the tests can tell you your status. The fact that you had a negative Western Blot means that there is still a chance that you are hiv negative - but as you know, it is still too early to confirm your status one way or another with reliability.

Hang in there - I hope this weeks testing brings some clarity to the situation. If you have another positive ELISA but negative Western Blot, it may be a good idea to test for the presence of autoimmune or rheumatoid disease. Your doctor should know the appropriate test for these common conditions.

By the way, it is the throat culture for strep that is used to rule out Scarlet Fever. However, it does sometimes happen that the strep test comes back negative, even though strep is present. Sometimes throat swabs miss strep.

Hang in there and try to be patient and calm. It will be easier if you keep yourself busy and off the internet.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #15 on: January 14, 2007, 12:56:48 PM »
alittle over 4 weeks prior to the test was the last sexual encounter. I had a mono test negative and strep also negative a throat swab. apparently that eliminates that it was Scarlett fever or bacterial infection. As for the Dengue fever no tests where done for this.
When the Dr first seen my symptoms the initial unconfirmed diagnosis was Scarlett fever.

Ann I hope this helps abit the last sexual encounter was 4 weeks before my first HIV test as of this Monday it will be 6 weeks that is when the next test will be done.

also wanted to add not sure it makes a difference or not but the last symptom I have is night sweats which are clearly reducing in severity.

Not that this means much but when i was worried i had been infected with hiv for 2 weeks i had night sweats and sometimes it was all over my body, once i got my negative results the sweats went away the first night.  so these night sweats your having could be caused by the stress and anxiety over this issue your having, anxiety and stress can cause night sweats.

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« Reply #16 on: January 14, 2007, 01:08:58 PM »
and I am definitely stressed
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« Reply #17 on: January 14, 2007, 01:14:22 PM »
avatar,

Please keep all your thoughts or questions in your own thread only. Thank you for your cooperation.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #18 on: January 14, 2007, 01:58:18 PM »
avatar,

Please keep all your thoughts or questions in your own thread only. Thank you for your cooperation.

Ann


Why? in this not a forum for discussing with other people.  what did i say that should be placed in my own theard please tell me?  I thought this is a place to help people and share experiences i thought my experience with night sweats might be comforting to this person so i posted.

So from what i gather is you post your questions and concerns here and only a selected few are allowed to respond? is this what this site has turned into please advise?

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #19 on: January 14, 2007, 04:18:14 PM »
If you have questions and or concerns, start your own thread and post them their. Do not post anything in anyones elses's thread. This forum is one that does not just anyone post in other's threads.

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« Reply #20 on: January 14, 2007, 04:19:21 PM »
avatar,

The Am I forum is different to the rest of the AIDSmeds forums. This forum is not for "sharing experiences". It is for risk assessment and testing advice and you are not in any position to give either. There are other websites out there that allow the kind of interaction you are looking for, we do not.

Please do not hijack this thread further. If you want to continue this discussion, return to your own thread.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #21 on: January 14, 2007, 06:06:33 PM »
Is it possible that by having a very sever flu or type of virus infection that it can cause tests like Antigen or EIA to show reactive results?
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #22 on: January 14, 2007, 06:11:34 PM »
No, the flu would not cause a reactive result. If your Western Blot said nonreactive then you are negative at that time. For a conclusive test result the period is 12/13 weeks post exposure.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #23 on: January 14, 2007, 06:21:45 PM »
We're keeping our fingers crossed for you while you're waiting for a conclusive test result.

Of course you're stressed. Who wouldn't be.

We'll be waiting to hear how it goes for you.

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« Reply #24 on: January 14, 2007, 06:48:26 PM »
H,

Yes, sometimes other viruses can cause false positive results. The Epstein-Barr virus and hepatitis B are two. As you have already been told, some auto-immune disorders can also cause false postives.

Hang in there.

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« Reply #25 on: January 14, 2007, 07:06:25 PM »
Epstein-Barr Virus that would be herpes i think if so would that be herpes 1 or 2 or both.
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #26 on: January 14, 2007, 07:11:08 PM »
H,

The Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) is NOT herpes, although it is in the herpes family. Herpes is herpes simplex, or HSV. EBV causes what is known in lay-man's terms as mono or glandular fever.

I don't think all the specific different causes of false positive tests are known. The ones I listed are the ones we do know, but there are others because people do get false positive results with no obvious cause.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #27 on: January 14, 2007, 07:17:42 PM »
Thank you so much Ann and everybody else who has given me there time and patience.
 As i said I go for the 2ND tests tomorrow. and then wait for the results I will let you know what comes of those results praying it is once again negative then wait another month or so and go for a 3rd test.

Once again thank you guys so much for all your help this really is a wonderful thing you are doing.
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #28 on: January 14, 2007, 07:21:39 PM »
H,

Good luck tomorrow.

Do try to keep busy and focus your mind on other things in the meantime. I know this from experience. Every time I have my blood drawn for the purpose of keeping track of my hiv infection, I have to wait six weeks for the results. If I worried about those results during that time, I'd drive myself crazy with anxiety. Keep busy and the time will go much faster.

Hang in there...

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #29 on: January 15, 2007, 06:59:39 PM »
I went in today for the 2ND set of tests it was a horrible experience as the lab once again nearly gave me the wrong tests the only test they had planned to give me was a PCR DNA test and because of all the helpful information i got from all of you on that type of test I contacted my DR. and argued that the tests i needed was the western blot EIA and Antigen.
And turns out that's what the DR. wanted as well.
THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!

So the tests i got this time where the DNA PCR The EIA the Antigen and the Western Blot.
Also they said they where testing for viral load as well????    What test is that?
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #30 on: January 15, 2007, 07:08:42 PM »
You did not need and no one here told you to get a PCR DNA test. PCR DNA is not a diagnostic test. You didn't need a VL test. You didn't the antigen test nor the Western Blot. You better hope that your insurance company will foot the bill. That was a lot of unnecessary testing.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #31 on: January 15, 2007, 07:10:37 PM »
H,

The PCR is the viral load test, but you needed the RNA, not the DNA. The DNA has a high rate of false positives and is not approved for diagnostic purposes. The RNA test is approved for diagnostic purposes, when it is used in conjunction with the ELISA. I told you this several times above.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #32 on: January 15, 2007, 07:12:28 PM »
what test did i need?
 i realise the PCR was not needed but my DR. asked for that one the VL i have no idea what that is?
the last tests I had where nearly a month ago

I am in Canada, are health care system is alittle diffrent from yours i think
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #33 on: January 15, 2007, 07:15:49 PM »
Oh yes ANN i realise that I wanted the RNA but i was most concerned now after a month that the western blot be done again all the other ones i understand are able to give false positives but the western blot is the one that gives you confirming results right?
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #34 on: January 15, 2007, 07:22:13 PM »
False positives are not an unheard of thing.  A variety things can cause a false positive (for example, Lyme Disease, Lupus, Syphilis, etc) on an ELISA--a very sensitive test, that is why it is followed up with a more specific confirmatory test--the Western Blot.  You didn't mention which PCR test (RNA or DNA) was ordered, but realize the potential for false positives are high there as well.   You also didn't mention the timeline in what you tested after your last unprotected exposure.  Assuming you tested at least 3 months after your last unprotected exposure--no other exposures since then, then you can be confident in the results being a false positive.  That said, I definitely agree with repeating your ELISA/Western Blot. 
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #35 on: January 15, 2007, 07:23:15 PM »
If you insist of doing a PCR, the only one approved for early detection is the PCR RNA. This is not a stand alone test and will have to be backed up by and ELISA and Western Blot test.
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #36 on: January 15, 2007, 07:24:06 PM »
H,

Any hiv test can give a false positive, but the DNA ones are more prone to them.

At the six week point, which you are at, if you are indeed postitive the ELISA and the WB would both come back positive. If the WB is negative again, you most likely are negative, but this will have to be confirmed at the three month point.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #37 on: January 15, 2007, 07:25:43 PM »
H,

If your ELISA returns a positive result again this week, if you are indeed positive, the Western Blot should also return a positive result by this time. If the Western Blot comes back negative again, then you are most likely hiv negative but this will need to be confirmed again at the three month point.

It is entirely possible that the illness you experienced was something other than hiv, but caused the sensitive ELISA to show (false) positive. It is also possible that you have an underlying condition you are not aware of (yet), such as an autoimmune disease, that is causing false positive ELISAs. Hopefully you will know one way or the other this week. If the doctor still wants to do a PCR, make sure the RNA PCR test is used. Your situation IS a situation where RNA PCR testing would be appropriate.

I want you to be aware that I am not factoring your symptoms into any of this. Symptoms or even the lack of symptoms mean absolutely nothing when it comes to hiv infection - only the tests can tell you your status. The fact that you had a negative Western Blot means that there is still a chance that you are hiv negative - but as you know, it is still too early to confirm your status one way or another with reliability.

Hang in there - I hope this weeks testing brings some clarity to the situation. If you have another positive ELISA but negative Western Blot, it may be a good idea to test for the presence of autoimmune or rheumatoid disease. Your doctor should know the appropriate test for these common conditions.

By the way, it is the throat culture for strep that is used to rule out Scarlet Fever. However, it does sometimes happen that the strep test comes back negative, even though strep is present. Sometimes throat swabs miss strep.

Hang in there and try to be patient and calm. It will be easier if you keep yourself busy and off the internet.

Ann

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #38 on: January 15, 2007, 07:28:07 PM »
Thank you Ann that is why I didn't care about the PCR I was only concerned with the EIA ELISA and the Western Blot.
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #39 on: January 15, 2007, 07:30:25 PM »
The EIA is the same as ELISA.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #40 on: January 15, 2007, 07:33:02 PM »
So Rapid just so I understand clearly what tests did you think i needed?
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« Reply #41 on: January 15, 2007, 07:35:37 PM »
H,

Strictly speaking, all you needed is the ELISA. However, in your circumstance it didn't hurt to go ahead and order the WB - save you waiting extra time if you get another positive ELISA.

The RNA PCR is normally only used in the first few weeks.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #42 on: January 15, 2007, 07:38:09 PM »
ELISA, is the only test you needed at this time and I'm not a big fan of 6th week testing. You could have taken the PCR RNA with the ELISA backup but that is a waste of funds and resources.

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« Reply #43 on: January 15, 2007, 07:42:22 PM »
OK well that one (EIA) is going to be done so Yes Thank you because if it wasn't for all the information I've been getting from you guys on here the only test i would have got today was the PCR DNA.
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #44 on: January 15, 2007, 07:50:38 PM »
Separate question as a gay circumcised male who only tops and has done so on occasion's with out a condom, but always using proper lubricant are his chances of getting HIV much less likely, as HIV is apparently difficult to transmit. Cause some of the HIV pamphlets I read state that as a Top your chances are significantly less of getting HIV..is this proper information?
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #45 on: January 15, 2007, 07:54:13 PM »
Until you have entered into a monogamist relationship and you've both tested together, always use a condom. Yes it is said that the risk is a little lower, and being circumcised it helpful, but are you willing to take the chance when you know that you can contract HIV via anal sex?

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #46 on: January 15, 2007, 07:58:50 PM »
Has it been proven that a persons body can become infected with HIV to the point where it is detectable on an EIA test but a persons body fights it off?
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #47 on: January 15, 2007, 08:04:19 PM »
I don't understand your question.

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« Reply #48 on: January 15, 2007, 08:05:36 PM »
Has it been proven that a persons body can become infected with HIV to the point where it is detectable on an EIA test but a persons body fights it off?

NO.

About your other post - yes, the risk is not as high as for a bottom, but it is still a risk. I know plenty of tops who became hiv positive through unprotected topping.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #49 on: January 15, 2007, 08:06:49 PM »
If a person contracts HIV, is it possible for the body to fight it off? kinda like a cold?
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« Reply #50 on: January 15, 2007, 08:15:38 PM »
That is what the body is doing when you first get infected until you body can no longer fight. No it can not fight it off like a cold.

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« Reply #51 on: January 15, 2007, 10:07:23 PM »
Separate question as a gay circumcised male who only tops and has done so on occasion's with out a condom, but always using proper lubricant are his chances of getting HIV much less likely, as HIV is apparently difficult to transmit. Cause some of the HIV pamphlets I read state that as a Top your chances are significantly less of getting HIV..is this proper information?
   which you answered thank you.

when you contract HIV as a Top and i realise that if you had an open wound on your penis that would be a major risk what other things could have happend as a Top to get HIV?

"Is the insertive partner (the "top") also at risk during unprotected anal intercourse? At least eight studies conducted over the years were unable to demonstrate a clear link between insertive anal sex and a risk for HIV infection among MSM. However, these studies should not be interpreted to mean that being the top during anal intercourse – and not using a condom – is without risk. We know that men can be infected with HIV through vaginal intercourse – an activity in which they are the insertive partner. Based on this knowledge, it is also believed that the insertive partner during unprotected anal intercourse can also be infected with HIV. Studies, using mathematical estimates, suggest that unprotected insertive anal sex is roughly four to 14 times less risky than unprotected receptive anal sex. However, experts still believe that the risk for transmission is noteworthy"

Reading this a person would think as a Top the chances are slim of contracting HIV and could some what be misguiding in my case in particular for my HIV tests i had years ago the nurse that took my blood was the first person to explain that a top is less at risk. "she did also say still at risk" for that reason alone i think i never wanted to be a bottom. But after hearing that HIV is not an easy virus to contract a person would assume that as long as your not bleeding or have a cut what are the chances?
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« Reply #52 on: January 16, 2007, 12:00:54 AM »
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But after hearing that HIV is not an easy virus to contract a person would assume that as long as your not bleeding or have a cut what are the chances?


H,

How long is a piece of string? There are too many variables in real life to give a firm answer to your question.

The bottom line - no pun - is that anytime you stick your penis into the anus or vagina of someone whose hiv status you do not know, you are putting yourself at risk for not only hiv, but other STIs as well.

As I said to you before, I know plenty of hiv positive tops. Some have sex with men and some have sex with women. I don't suppose they would care much for stats or "the chances" of people who top unprotected. It doesn't matter how many get away with it, if you end up being one of the unlucky ones, those numbers mean nothing.

I understand that you may be trying to make yourself feel more confident while you're waiting for your results, but we cannot afford to be complacent here in this forum. Unprotected intercourse is a risk for hiv infection, top or bottom.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #53 on: January 16, 2007, 01:03:43 AM »
thank you Ann and I do understand that I could be one of those unlucky ones and IM mostly trying to inform myself with everything I can.
I am preparing myself for the chance that I am positive. And perhaps i am grasping alittle to find any excuse or reason to ease my worries as I wait for these results. And right now all I have is hope and I'm trying hard to think positive.
IM just not sure the person I am can do this without hope and hearing the softer side and hearing things to keep healthy thoughts in my head. It helps to hear things and reasons that tell me I'm not positive. I understand all the reasons in the world mean nothing until these test come back.

 Ann I realise IM jumping way ahead of things right now but I am really scared, I'm avoiding my friends and family because I'm not sure I'm strong enough to hide this from them and I'm sure that's not good , but I'm not ready to be this person.


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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #54 on: January 16, 2007, 01:40:52 AM »
I'm also wondering why did my DR. recommend The PCR DNA should i be concerned about that? It seems like everybody on here knows to do the RNA? And i even questioned RNA to him. Could there be a reason that he felt he should do a DNA test? He really seems to be a good DR. But i did also mention Dengue Fever to him which is now on the CDC web page as an apparent outbreak in Puerto Vallarta and he didn't do any test for that?

Does anyone know if there are specific test for Dengue and if so is it only seen on test while you are sick from symptoms?



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« Reply #55 on: January 16, 2007, 01:39:51 PM »
Development of dengue virus replicons expressing HIV-1 gp120 and other heterologous genes: a potential future tool for dual vaccination against dengue virus and HIV

what does this mean? I don't understand alot of the terms used?
Replicons? heterologous genes? and also the term retro virus?
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« Reply #56 on: January 16, 2007, 02:16:50 PM »
Regarding one post:  Replicon--basically a piece of DNA or RNA that replicates from a single point of replication. 

Retrovirus--this is the type of virus that HIV is.  Too oversimplify it, it's transcription works the opposite of other viruses, which go from DNA to RNA.  Retroviruses use reverse transcriptase  to do a reverse transcription from RNA to DNA.  That is a very simplified definition.

gp120 is a glycoprotein that is on the envelope of the HIV virus.  If you see a picture, it is a spikey thing protruding from the surface.  It is what binds to the CD4 receptor.  It has been one of the targets of vaccine research, but there have been difficulties.  Anyhow, this is just talking about using that as a tool to do a vaccine against both.

Regarding a different post:  There are various types of tests for Dengue fever. The doctor may do a CBC.  This is not for dengue fever, but he/she would be looking for things such  things as an increased white count.  There are serological tests for different types of the virus--these tests measure the antibodies.  They may collect an acute sample and convalescent sample and an ELISA test to look for antibodies to dengue would be done.  But that wouldn't really help you, since that requires you to have a sample almost as soon as you have symptoms and then another one about a week after the symptoms start.  Of course, IgG type antibody tests tend to be positive for longer.  There are also viral load tests for Dengue fever.  Anyhow, there are many tests.  many time they diagnose Dengue based on symptoms but laboratory confirmation is needed, so you can talk to your doctor regarding that.....  Anyhow, I don't really remember off the top of my head what they would use to confirm it after the fact seeing as I don't deal with Dengue much.  An infectious disease specialist would know more on that one.

You also have to realize that not all physicians are knowledgable about lab tests, especially if they don't have experience in dealing with a certain illness.  A specialist who deals with a lot of HIV is much more likely to be knowledgable about those things rather than say, a family doctor. 
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #57 on: January 16, 2007, 02:26:39 PM »
I probably missed it--this thread has grown since I last looked at it!  The last time I read you were going in for a 6 week and 3 month, right?  Have you gotten your next batch of labs yet?  I am really hoping that you will be a false positive and they will find out you have an autoimmune disease or a virus that cross reacts.  Whatever it is, we're here for you.
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« Reply #58 on: January 16, 2007, 07:52:31 PM »
Yes C88 I just went for the second set of tests yesterday my DR. said he would put a rush on them.
I did look up Autoimmune Disease on the web when Ann mentioned it and they seem very complicated I'm not sure I'm looking up the right stuff but it says it causes body and bone and heart deformation sounds pretty serious? Can you get this disease at any time in your life or is it something your born with?
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« Reply #59 on: January 16, 2007, 09:07:21 PM »
There are tons of autoimmune diseases--lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, and so much more.  They cause a variety of things depending on the condition.  It isn't something you are born with, but get later on in your life at any time.  To really follow up in that area, it would more be in the field of a specialist--rheumatologist or immunologist would be the most knowledgable ones about it.  Many autoimmune diseases are often missed and people often suffer for years before they finally get a diagnosis.  They can be tricky for diagnosis--for example, lupus isn't always reliably diagnosed in the lab--there is no test that 100% says you have lupus.  The ANA, anti-smith antibodies are two tests that can strongly point to lupus if they are positive, but even if negative, that patient can be an unlucky person who isn't one of the people who is positive or it can be a whole new autoimmune disease.  They often go by symptoms and other things.  They are a very tricky thing.  You can ask your doctor about the possibility, but there is a good chance he may not have much expertise in that area.
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #60 on: January 16, 2007, 09:25:06 PM »
Thanks C88,

another question could a virus specifically Dengue cause a positive Antigen or EIA test for HIV? 

Would that be one of the Viruses people say can react to those tests?
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« Reply #61 on: January 16, 2007, 09:43:14 PM »
No it would not cause a false positive. What it does is suppressed HIV 1 replication during acute dungue infection and in some patients cause the VL to be undectable.

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« Reply #62 on: January 16, 2007, 10:15:15 PM »
Thanks for the reply Rapid.
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« Reply #63 on: January 16, 2007, 10:20:44 PM »
Rapid do you know of a web site that has a list of viruses that could cause false positive HIV antigene and EIA?
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« Reply #64 on: January 16, 2007, 11:22:17 PM »
It would depend on the test. Most sites that manufacture testing kits has a list that will contain what can cause a false positive.

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« Reply #65 on: January 17, 2007, 12:06:49 AM »
oh OK well in my case it was the EIA and the antigen test.

I found this web page not sure about its accuracy as its abit hard to understand but it shows a list? is that a pretty accurate list of things that would affect the EIA and antigen test?

http://www.whatisaids.com/60factors.htm


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« Reply #66 on: January 17, 2007, 05:14:29 AM »
No, that is NOT a correct list. You were viewing a denialist website that was promoting a book written in 1996.

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« Reply #67 on: January 17, 2007, 05:21:58 AM »
Rapid do you know of a web site that has a list of viruses that could cause false positive HIV antigene and EIA?
One place to start with that is the lab.  You could find out the manufacturer from them and then contact the manufacturer.  Or maybe someone in the lab may be nice enough to do it for you--they should have a copy handy in the lab, it may be in an online manual, it really depends if they are willing--it can get very busy in a lab, so they may not be able to find it right then, but there is no reason you can't get the information yourself.  Anyhow, those who manufacture the supplies (supplies differ for manual vs automated assays) always do studies on cross reactivitiy, false positives, etc.  There are many things that can cause false positives, so that would be one place to look.
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« Reply #68 on: January 17, 2007, 12:36:38 PM »
ok thank you
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« Reply #69 on: January 17, 2007, 01:09:58 PM »
In reality the possible reason i tested reactive to the EIA and Antigen and not the WB is that I contracted HIV very recently and the EIA and Antigen catch it much sooner then the WB right?
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« Reply #70 on: January 17, 2007, 02:12:27 PM »
Of tests you've taken the antigen test is the only one that catches it early. If you have enough antibodies for the ELISA to catch, then there is enough for the Western Blot test to be preformed.

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« Reply #71 on: January 17, 2007, 05:50:42 PM »
Rapid made in important comment about your testing in referring to the Western Blot. ELISA testing is designed to balance both sensitivity and specificity whereas the Western Blot is designed to identify specific proteins evidencing infection. Two reactive tests with an ELISA and a reactive test with the Western Blot or another confirmatory test are required before someone is diagnosed HIV positive.

The Western Blot is considered very specific and usually returns a reactive result if the initial ELISA is reactive. In your case your timeline is simply too tight to your last unprotected encounter to offer any real predictive value except to say that your non reactive Western Blot is encouraging. In fact, any negative test related to potential infection is encouraging.

I've viewed your thread and haven't offered any input simply because you've already received very good information. While an insertive partner is at less risk than the receptive partner infections to the insertive partner still happen and with your timeline for testing and current results the ability to predict your outcome is challenging.

However, I'm encouraged by the initial non reactive Western Blot and my advice would be to try and refrain from searching out other causes for the reactive ELISA. As tempting as that may be you would be better served by waiting out the results of this latest test instead of baraging the testing centre with a lot of questions about autoimmune deficiencies, etc. As an incidental, for reasons unknown, approximately 18% of the general population will test reactive for the antigen (P24) that you refer to in your initial test and remain HIV negative.

Your next results will be very telling and another negative will be extremely predicitve.
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« Reply #72 on: January 17, 2007, 07:35:26 PM »
Thank you guys so much again for responding I have to say 411 your reply was very encouraging. I for some reason was under the impression that the EIA test was the test that detected it early. Thank you as well Rapid for clarifying that.
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« Reply #73 on: January 18, 2007, 03:39:48 AM »
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I for some reason was under the impression that the EIA test was the test that detected it early

The ELISA test is the first test performed because it possesses both extreme sensitivity and specificity whereas the confirmatory test is very specific and looks for actual proteins developed as a result of infection. Its generally accepted that when an ELISA returns a reactive result very early (2 weeks or so) post infection the confirmatory test is at least indeterminate; yours was reported as non reactive. Your PCP would have informed you of the indeterminate result if it were present. Present testing technology is extremely accurate and becomes highly predictive after approximately 4 weeks and onward towards that eventual 3 month conclusive test.

As coffee has already pointed out, while rare, other issues can result in a reactive ELISA and that's why the confirmatory test is required. For example, its not uncommon for women with a high gravidity (more than one pregnancy) number to test positive on the prenatal HIV test yet test negative on the confirmatory test.

I'm just saying that at this point no one can stick a fork in you and that your confirmatory results do offer some encouragement. Hold tight for the next short while and realize that a number of people are silently pulling for you.

Once again my best advice is to try to resist the allure of determining the rates of false positives for the ELISA; physiology is far more complex than assigning a value and saying that X number of people will falsely test positive for X number of reasons......., you get my point?

Hang onto the fact that at this time you are still negative and if the next series of tests returns another negative you'll have lots of predictive advice to mull over. If it doesn't, well it just means that advice of a different kind will be offered but you'll certainly go on living.

Chin up and best wishes going your way.

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« Reply #74 on: January 18, 2007, 04:39:32 AM »
Thank you 411 and yes 100% triple checked with the DR. the 1st test results where not indeterminate but definitely non reactive.
I'll let you know when these 2ND results are in.
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #75 on: January 18, 2007, 09:52:24 AM »
That's encouraging about ultimately getting a negative result.

Some of your questions like why the doctor ordered this or that are ones you ought to address with your doctor. That way you can clarify HIS thinking rather than having you and us speculate about it.

I know it's difficult getting through this waiting period, but getting caught up in trying to tie down every possible detail is not in my experience either informative or otherwise helpful. As Ann suggested, stay productively busy while waiting for the next result and the time will pass more quickly than you may imagine at this moment.

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« Reply #76 on: January 18, 2007, 03:11:17 PM »
hey guys still no word on my test results...still waiting..going mental excuse the expression.

I was curious if the symptoms i told you i was suffering in the begging of my thread where actually caused from HIV. awhile ago I had some tests for red spots on my groin area and at that time after tests where done I had been told I had Herpies 1 and I only had the one out break and the STD nurse told me in alot of cases people never get an outbreak again which I have not. That was also my last Negative HIV test in September.
So my question is if I did contract HIV is it likely that I would have had an outbreak when or even alittle while after the symptoms came on?  (The present symptoms)
or stuff like getting a cold after those symptoms would they be much more sever?

I have alot of skin condition I get ring worms, hand foot, staph, psoriasis in my ears (for over a year) My Dr when I saw him for what we originally thought was Scarlett Fever gave me an  diffrent ointment I have used several others in the past and since the sickness it has not returned. So stuff like that would they have actually worsen? I was on Tetracycline an antibiotic for several years used for acne (not the birth control) and I stayed on them for over 10 years I no longer take them as my skin is great but since stopping I seem to catch alot of skin infections. and since then I seem to catch alot of skin infections.

So the question is would conditions like Herpies 1 and other skin infections worsen "if" the symptoms I had where in fact HIV related? And you guys have been very persistent that those symptoms could be anything...but I need to know that if they where

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« Reply #77 on: January 18, 2007, 03:19:31 PM »
HSV 1, is not caused by HIV. You've already been told symptoms or lack of is no way to diagnosis HIV. You just need to relax and wait on the result. Stay off the computer and give yourself a break.

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« Reply #78 on: January 18, 2007, 04:15:24 PM »
Oh no what I mean is if you have HSV1 and you later in life get infected with HIV would you most likely have a HSV1 outbreak
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« Reply #79 on: January 18, 2007, 04:21:44 PM »
You can have those outbreaks at anytime.  HIV will not specifically cause an HSV1 outbreak.  More importantly having an HSV1 outbreak is NOT an indicator in ANY WAY SHAPE OR FORM of an HIV presence in the body.
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« Reply #80 on: January 18, 2007, 04:42:38 PM »
Thanks guys for clarifying that.

I was just under the impression that a person who was truly going through seroconversion  that their immune system would be weakening and that would cause things like herpies or other skin infections to worsen.  As I have said my skin problems have actually gotten better like the psoriasis.

So this is not a concern. I'm mostly just informing myself.
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« Reply #81 on: January 19, 2007, 04:06:12 AM »
I understand why you are doing the whole questioning thing, its a form of internal warfare at trying to explain away these testing results with other possibilities. I would wager money that you've put yourself into a holding pattern with everything that used to bring you enjoyment and that the time waiting for these next results is simply dead time waiting to be burnt off. I'd also bet that you'd simply like to sleep away the whole period waiting for your next appointment.

Unfortunately that isn't possible and this mental anguish stuff isn't helping you either. I think it was Ann who suggested quite early on to try and keep up with the day to day stuff and sooner than you think the time will be gone. Its really great advice because nothing, and I really mean nothing, you do will change your results, they are what they will be.

I did read that you are in Canada and while I don't know which Province you are in, and it doesn't really matter, but from what you write I suspect a Provincial Lab will be processing your bloods and if the doctor requested a PCR it will be the quantitative PCR which is the RNA PCR. Moreover, the request for a Western Blot isn't needed because if the ELISA is reactive a reflex test will be processed automatically from the original blood draw. In requesting the test the form you were given would have the checkbox for EIA with reflex test marked off, meaning if the ELISA is reactive, perform a Western Blot. If your ELSIA is non reactive this time don't be too dismayed if a Western Blot or PRC is not performed as these tests are superfluous and not normally processed if the ELISA is non reactive.

I understand these are personally trying times but the only real answer to this dilemma is currently in the works and the results that they give will direct the next steps you need to take. In the meantime, read and reread everything that has been written in your thread, that may help you over the humps.
Crossed fingers and eyes help to or so I've been told.

As to your last question, prior illnesses would not normally resurface during seroconversion illness. Its easy to confuse seroconversion, which begins almost immediately after the time of infection forward to the point of detectable antibodies, with seroconversion illness which is the body's acute response to HIV infection which is generally just before the point of detectable antibodies.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #82 on: January 19, 2007, 07:00:36 AM »
411 its true I read my thread over and over looking for everything kinda like trying to solve a puzzle. I wake up look at my thread go to work waiting for the Dr's call.
Come home and go over the thread again and again. Search the internet for anything that's going to tell me I'm negative. I know I've gone crazy.
Its my blood. And I'm not sure I want to know anymore. Do you know what I mean?
 I close my eyes and I see blood cells, from studying diagrams and pictures on web sites.
Go outside take a walk, try to do anything to keep my mind from it. And I just want to run home to get more information. Talking to friends has been awkward because I'm just not myself scared I'll break down and tell them. My bed time reading is printed pages from the internet about HIV. One thing's for sure I know a heck of alot more about HIV.
I think there are people in this world who are strong and responsible enough to deal with HIV, but I'm not one of them there's just so much stuff it's crazy. DR appointments blood tests life style changes medications tests tests tests. It's overwhelming all of this.
And then this weather it feels like it hasn't stopped raining in months.
Well I am sure I'm gonna get a call tomorrow. And then I can finally just put this puzzle away. and either I come on here with some really great news or I start a new thread under I just tested Poz. I have high hopes and my heart is telling me I got a second chance and I've really got to be a smarter healthier person.

Thank you guys for being here for me.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #83 on: January 19, 2007, 07:39:43 PM »
No phone call today.
No test results. This is taking forever.
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Apr/13/10     Started Atripla
May/11/10    VL !! 300 !!     CD4 520
Jul/15/10      VL    75          CD4 400   27%
Dec/20/10    VL UD             CD4 390 28%
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #84 on: January 19, 2007, 07:56:43 PM »
Hope you get your results soon. What about calling your doctor and asking for them? 
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #85 on: January 20, 2007, 01:17:35 AM »
Book an appointment on Monday and if the results aren't in with your doctor at least discuss your anxiety. It would be time well spent. It also takes about a week or so to have bloods processed in your area.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #86 on: January 20, 2007, 02:53:11 AM »
I got the tests on Monday its now Friday. I did call the Dr. and he said nothing was back yet where guessing Monday. As for the anxiety I'm just going to work double shifts all weekend and keep myself busy.
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #87 on: January 20, 2007, 10:50:31 AM »
That double shift idea sounds like a good plan. Work hard, make money and get some sleep.

Fingers remain crossed here.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #88 on: January 21, 2007, 05:31:51 PM »
I was reading some posts that mention PEP medication. Should my Dr have prescribed these pills for me. After my initial tests where done?
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May/11/10    VL !! 300 !!     CD4 520
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #89 on: January 21, 2007, 09:05:50 PM »
PEP is HIV medication that is prescribed as a means of preventing HIV infection and needs to be taken within a maximum 72 hours post exposure. In the medical community it is believed that PEP is effective at preventing infection in greater than 80% of potentially infected persons who've experienced a truly high risk exposure but the sooner it is initiated, within 72 hours, the more effective its considered.

From everything I've read your doctor sounds quite proficient and PEP just wasn't an option suitable for you.
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #90 on: January 22, 2007, 07:10:19 PM »
wow it has been one week now since my last test called the DR. and still nothing has come back. My over all health seems to be OK the night sweats are very minor now.
 I had abit of a cough and runny nose for a couple days but considering this time of year I imagine its normal. I think in general I've kinda started getting my emotions under control. Still nervous and my heart pumps pretty hard when I call the Dr.
my work and stuff is keeping me busy.
Jan/25/07 VL > 100 000 CD4 480 21%
Apr/13/10     Started Atripla
May/11/10    VL !! 300 !!     CD4 520
Jul/15/10      VL    75          CD4 400   27%
Dec/20/10    VL UD             CD4 390 28%
Jan/10/12    VL UD              CD4 670 28%
Mar/31/14    VL UD              CD4 580 37%
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #91 on: January 22, 2007, 10:04:31 PM »
Good. Glad to read that you're feeling somewhat better.

Keeping busy is a good plan.

Fingers crossed here.

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #92 on: January 24, 2007, 02:57:12 AM »
Still no results. Went to the Dr's office he was really nice even called the lab while I was there. They said it could be another week as some of the tests I had done take awhile longer. Still staying busy in the mean time, working alot. The DR did some checks to see if I had swollen lymphnodes said i didn't.
I feel alot more comfortable as he also mentioned he works with alot of HIV+ patients, even had a patient that was tested positive three years ago, and after seeing my DR it was discovered he was actually negative.
I'm still extremely freaked out about the positive antigen and EIA results as the more I read and hear the EIA is a pretty accurate test and not alot of things can mess that up.
I really wish I could have found a reason for my symptoms I had or a name anything. I have been reading the "I just tested Poz" threads and some of those peoples symptoms sound similar.
I have also been talking to a really nice nurse from the STD clinic every couple of days and he like you guys feels pretty good about the negative WB. But also says the initial testing was abit to soon.
Any ways I'm still here praying.
« Last Edit: January 24, 2007, 03:00:34 AM by HIV? poz about being neg »
Jan/25/07 VL > 100 000 CD4 480 21%
Apr/13/10     Started Atripla
May/11/10    VL !! 300 !!     CD4 520
Jul/15/10      VL    75          CD4 400   27%
Dec/20/10    VL UD             CD4 390 28%
Jan/10/12    VL UD              CD4 670 28%
Mar/31/14    VL UD              CD4 580 37%
May/27/14    VL UD              CD4 750

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #93 on: January 24, 2007, 09:17:00 PM »
Well The tests have arrived and as I feared the Western Blot is reactive. Today I have been told I am infact HIV positive. January 24th.
The HIV RNA reads value 1: >100000 not sure what that means.
My DR has set me up with abunch of tests to go do hgb,WBC,plts,hcv,rbs,alt,ast,alk pho,helper cell study,creatmine, urinalysis, HAV, and Hep b. I have no idea.

I'm just numb. I think I'm gonna need some help here.
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Jan/25/07 VL > 100 000 CD4 480 21%
Apr/13/10     Started Atripla
May/11/10    VL !! 300 !!     CD4 520
Jul/15/10      VL    75          CD4 400   27%
Dec/20/10    VL UD             CD4 390 28%
Jan/10/12    VL UD              CD4 670 28%
Mar/31/14    VL UD              CD4 580 37%
May/27/14    VL UD              CD4 750

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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #94 on: January 25, 2007, 03:27:19 AM »
Damn, I was checking your thread every day and really hoping this would work out differently for you and I know getting these results feels like you've been drop kicked in the gut. I wish I could offer some consolation but I think the best advice I could offer right now is for you to know that everyone understands the range of emotions you are currently experiencing, especially that feeling of being overwhelmed, and that there is lots of help available as this news starts to settle in.

I will also tell you that I really believe that you have a great doctor who seems very in-tune with HIV management. He's doing all the right tests to get a very good understanding of your current health picture. I can't see a single test that's been overlooked; he's checking a number of things including your liver and doing a resistance test, having a good doctor that you can trust can't be understated.

The HIV RNA comment means the test limit is 100,000 copies and your results returned a value higher than the limit which is common for a recent infection. That will go down below the ceiling value as your immune system finds its balance.

This really sucks and for what its worth I've been very impressed with how you've conducted yourself here in the forums over these last few days and I believe that as time moves on you're old self will slowly reemerge and that you are going to manage very well.

This will get better....
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #95 on: January 25, 2007, 05:06:47 AM »
I am so sorry.  I was really hoping you wouldn't be one of the ones that have the Western Blot turn reactive after testing later, that you would end up being a false positive--I checked the thread everyday hoping to find another post stating that effect.  We are all here for you--we have all been where you are now. 
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #96 on: January 25, 2007, 08:13:06 AM »
Well, that is tough news to get.

Come on over to the LIVING WITH HIV section. You will find lots of support and information there. Open a thread and introduce yourself there. I won't comment any further here.

No matter how you feel you are not alone with this.

In solidarity,
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Re: Tested Antigen reactive EIA reactive Western Blot nonreactive
« Reply #97 on: January 25, 2007, 10:10:41 AM »
I too have been checking your thread often.  While this is initially extremely tough news to deal with.  It gets easier.  You are not alone in this and many of us have flourished in spite of it.  Come on over to Living With as Andy said, you will find all the support you can dream of.
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