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Author Topic: Inconclusive Test Results  (Read 1738 times)

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Offline Coniption

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Inconclusive Test Results
« on: January 08, 2009, 03:14:47 PM »
Hi everyone.

I'm writing on behalf of my brother who recently went to his physician to have himself checked for HIV among other things.
Today, the physician called him in and told him that the test was inconclusive and that he would need to draw blood again and have it retested.

I'm not clear on the specifics, but essentially the doctor told him something like, one type of test showed negative, but another showed positive for possible HIV antibodies, but he couldn't be sure until he analyzed more blood.

My brother called me crying at the possibility that he may be HIV positive. I immediately met him at a nearby park to talk about what happened and discuss what we should do.

The doctor told him the new results won't be in until Monday, but I know from experience that the waiting can be the worst part, and now that I knew about this, I was going to be just as worried as my brother.

I told him to get another test today so he could have immediate results and at least worry a little less until Monday came around.

I called our local Health Department and they directed me to a free clinic which does the QuickSure oral test (I think I got the name wrong), and the blood test where they prick your finger and you have results in about 20 minutes.

We went together and did the finger-pricking test together (they told us that was slightly more accurate than the oral test). Both our results came out Negative, and I immediately cried and hugged my brother in joy and relief.

While I feel a little bit better now, I'm still concerned about the inconclusive test results the doctor spoke of. I'm worried that when Monday comes along, there may be different results than the negative we're now expecting.

I guess what I'm wondering is, just how accurate is the finger-prick test, and is it possible that it could miss something that a more traditional blood test (that a physician would do, where he draws a couple vials of blood) could pick up instead?

Should I be worried about Monday's test results, or do the initial inconclusive results mean nothing?


Offline RapidRod

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Re: Inconclusive Test Results
« Reply #1 on: January 08, 2009, 04:07:14 PM »
If the test was done 3 months post exposure then the test was conclusive.

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: Inconclusive Test Results
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2009, 04:50:53 PM »
I agree with Rod's evaluation -- at 13 weeks if you get a negative result it is reliable.

Also, if your brother was worried about possibly testing negative then perhaps he has been having unprotected intercourse. As long as a condom is always used by the insertive partner for either vaginal or anal intercourse then someone is well protected from sexual transmission of HIV. It's as simple as that.

You seem to be a loving brother. I suggest it would be worth having a conversation about condom use.

Let us know if there is anything further to clarify.

Andy Velez


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