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Offline johnny20

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Help needed please!
« on: December 12, 2020, 08:55:20 am »
Hello, Iím getting married and tested for HIV recently. I had unprotected sex 2 years ago, but only mustered courage to test now. The test was negative. The laboratory  did an antigen and antibody test 4th generation.
I was reading up on the test and came across this and I donít understand what it means.
In the official FDA websites for these hiv tests it says óó: Heterophilic antibodies in human serum can react with reagent immunoglobulins, interfering with in vitro immunoassays.Patients routinely exposed to animals or to animal serum products can be prone to this interference and anomalous results may be observed. Additional information may be required for diagnosis.

My question is, I live on a farm and hence surrounded by animals like dogs and cats and horses etc. Does this mean my hiv test is not accurate because I am exposed to animals? Am I not understanding something here as donít majority of people have pets, does that mean nobody can trust their test results because they are exposed to animals? Really confused about this. Should I have told the lab I have animals and wouldthey have chosen another type of test to give me? .

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Re: Help needed please!
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2020, 08:59:53 am »
Hiya,

This is a non-issue listed by the FDA. All it means is that false reactive results can occur due to cross-reaction to other antibodies, hence it's screening tests and any reactive result would require more specific testing to confirm the diagnosis.

However, your result was non-reactive, relax and move on with your life. Start using condoms for any intercourse and, test out of standard routine for HIV and far easier to acquire STI's at least yearly.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, every time, no exceptions. Consider starting PrEP as an additional layer of HIV protection going forward.

Keep in mind that some sexual practices which may be described as Ďsafeí 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: Help needed please!
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2020, 09:04:30 am »
So a false negative result cannot happen right? I can trust my negative result?

Also I do have another question, after I tested I realised there is also HIV 2. Would my test also check for HIV 2? Or again, should I have told the lab to test for HIV 2? Or would they test automatically? My test did say ag/ab 1&2. Iím assuming the 1 & 2 means both HIV 1 & HIV 2 will be tested in this one blood sample?

Thank you so much.

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Re: Help needed please!
« Reply #3 on: December 12, 2020, 09:06:53 am »
The result is reliable and included both HIV 1 & 2.

Jim
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Re: Help needed please!
« Reply #4 on: December 12, 2020, 09:24:24 am »
Just a thought, this animal limitation clause isnít written for the FDA Genscreen combo test. The test I took was Abbott architect I believe. So should I test with Genscreen also since maybe that doesnít cross react with animals?  I donít even know if the lab in my country will have this particular Genscreen test. Or am I just being paranoid for no reason?

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Re: Help needed please!
« Reply #5 on: December 12, 2020, 09:41:36 am »
You are stressing over nothing.

You have conclusively tested negative, unless you have had other more recent exposures to HIV not mentioned here.
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