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Author Topic: Several false-positive results  (Read 651 times)

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Several false-positive results
« on: February 10, 2020, 09:28:07 am »
Hello everyone,

I have a very weird testing situation, and was wondering if anyone had any insight.

Since I have taken HIV tests, I have always came up neg. In late 2017 I got on prep and tested neg for every three month test until late 2018.  Since that time, I have tested positive (10 out of 12 tests every three months over the course of the last 1.5 years) on the initial reactive test (blood), meaning that the test has flagged something that is similar to the virus in my system.  All that being said, I have never tested positive for the antibody or confirmatory tests.  They hypothesized that I was infected but that the PREP was somehow preventing the virus from taking hold, so they took me off prep for three months, still same results.  So I got back on prep and here I am.
 The doctors at my PREP clinic are baffled, we sent my blood to CDC still same results.

I want to know if anyone has ever heard of someone getting repeated false-positives when they never did before? 
Are there research facilities that anyone can point me to to help me figure out why I started to test positive?

I have several theories that people are chime in on such as I think it could be a new third form of HIV that the confirmatory tests can't track or that the test changed in 2017 to be more sensitive where it picks up something that the older tests didn't.

Edited by Jim

I am only allowed to post three messages before I need to pay.  I kinda think that sux since this could be a massive resource for people, but also understand not wanting to bombard the forum with questions, wish there was a middle ground.  Anyway, really appreciate this space.
« Last Edit: February 10, 2020, 09:34:16 am by Jim Allen »

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Re: Several false-positive results
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2020, 09:43:01 am »
Hiya

False reactive results on screening tests can happen in response to antibodies from other current and/or past infections. As long as the confirmation tests for HIV are negative and you have not had ongoing exposures then HIV is not an issue.

Your doctors should be working with you and testing for other infections if it concerns you, I would find it odd if they have not explained this and would recommend you consider seeking different doctors.

It does not mean a new type of HIV, and you are not the first to have screening tests with a reactive result, finally, despite millions of infections there is only two types of HIV and you will make be making headlines anytime soon in that regards. 

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Continue taking PrEP in the future as an additional layer of protection against HIV

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's, so please do get fully tested regularly and at least yearly for all STI's including but not limited to HIV and test more frequently if unprotected intercourse occurs

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

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Re: Several false-positive results
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2020, 12:32:08 pm »
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I am only allowed to post three messages before I need to pay.  I kinda think that sux since this could be a massive resource for people, but also understand not wanting to bombard the forum with questions, wish there was a middle ground.  Anyway, really appreciate this space.

Personally I think this is the middle ground. People living with HIV have a safe place to post and contact each other through private messaging with limited intrusion from HIV neg people, who can post three times in this one section of the forum.
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Read more about Testing here:
HIV Testing
Read about Treatment-as-Prevention (TasP) here:
HIV TasP
You can read about HIV prevention here:
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Read about PEP and PrEP here
PEP and PrEP

 


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