Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
November 24, 2017, 07:48:33 PM

Login with username, password and session length

  • Total Posts: 722779
  • Total Topics: 58744
  • Online Today: 360
  • Online Ever: 1421
  • (August 13, 2016, 05:18:44 AM)
Users Online
Users: 5
Guests: 232
Total: 237


Welcome to the POZ Community Forums, a round-the-clock discussion area for people with HIV/AIDS, their friends/family/caregivers, and others concerned about HIV/AIDS.  Click on the links below to browse our various forums; scroll down for a glance at the most recent posts; or join in the conversation yourself by registering on the left side of this page.

Privacy Warning:  Please realize that these forums are open to all, and are fully searchable via Google and other search engines. If you are HIV positive and disclose this in our forums, then it is almost the same thing as telling the whole world (or at least the World Wide Web). If this concerns you, then do not use a username or avatar that are self-identifying in any way. We do not allow the deletion of anything you post in these forums, so think before you post.

  • The information shared in these forums, by moderators and members, is designed to complement, not replace, the relationship between an individual and his/her own physician.

  • All members of these forums are, by default, not considered to be licensed medical providers. If otherwise, users must clearly define themselves as such.

  • Forums members must behave at all times with respect and honesty. Posting guidelines, including time-out and banning policies, have been established by the moderators of these forums. Click here for “Am I Infected?” posting guidelines. Click here for posting guidelines pertaining to all other POZ community forums.

  • We ask all forums members to provide references for health/medical/scientific information they provide, when it is not a personal experience being discussed. Please provide hyperlinks with full URLs or full citations of published works not available via the Internet. Additionally, all forums members must post information which are true and correct to their knowledge.

  • Product advertisement—including links; banners; editorial content; and clinical trial, study or survey participation—is strictly prohibited by forums members unless permission has been secured from POZ.

To change forums navigation language settings, click here (members only), Register now

Para cambiar sus preferencias de los foros en español, haz clic aquí (sólo miembros), Regístrate ahora

Finished Reading This? You can collapse this or any other box on this page by clicking the symbol in each box.

Welcome to Am I Infected

Welcome to the "Am I Infected?" POZ forum.

New members -- those who have posted three or fewer messages -- are permitted to post questions and responses, free of charge (make them count!). Ongoing participation in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- posting more than three questions or responses -- requires a paid subscription.

A seven-day subscription is $9.99, a 30-day subscription is $14.99 and a 90-day subscription is $24.99.

Anyone who needs to post more than three messages in the "Am I Infected?" forum -- including past, present and future POZ Forums members -- will need to subscribe, with secure payments made via PayPal.

There will be no charge to continue reading threads in the "Am I Infected?" forum, nor will there be a charge for participating in any of the Main Forums; Meds, Mind, Body & Benefits; and Off Topic Forums. Similarly, all POZ pages, including our "HIV Transmission and Risks" and "Am I Infected? (A Guide to Testing for HIV)" basics, will remain accessible to all.

NOTE: HIV testing questions will still need to be posted in the "Am I Infected?" forum; attempts to post HIV symptoms or testing questions in any other forums will be considered violations of our rules of membership and subject to time-outs and permanent bans.

To learn how to upgrade your Forums account to participate beyond three posts in the "Am I Infected?" Forum, please click here.

Thank you for your understanding and future support of the best online support service for people living with, affected by and at risk for HIV.

Author Topic: "Just Con-fused"  (Read 4103 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline ed1808d

  • New Member
  • Posts: 1
"Just Con-fused"
« on: January 18, 2007, 07:09:56 PM »
On Tuesday, my Doctor informed me that I HIV positive using the (Western Block test).  She further mentioned that  my reading was very very low. I then conducted the Ora Quick Swab test which gave me a negative reading. My Doctor stated that I should wait 30 days and retest.


Offline RapidRod

  • Member
  • Posts: 15,288
Re: "Just Con-fused"
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2007, 07:56:43 PM »
First of all, what was your risk? Drs. don't do a Western Blot first.

Offline Coffeechick88

  • Member
  • Posts: 431
Re: "Just Con-fused"
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2007, 09:43:06 PM »
What was the risk and how long after did you test?  First do not assume anything until you get the proper tests done.  It makes absolutely no sense to order a Western Blot without ordering an ELISA--unfortunately I've come across clueless doctors who try to order it that way.  You cannot get an HIV diagnosis until you have BOTH ELISA/Western Blot considered positive.  Getting a second opinion from a doctor that actually has some knowledge of HIV might also be something you can consider.
Lucas James is here
Born 6-14-08 at 1233 am
8 lbs 14 oz, 22 in long


  • Guest
Re: "Just Con-fused"
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2007, 04:45:46 AM »
Was your doctor testing you for any other illnesses; the Western Blot isn't just limited to testing for HIV; however, if she was testing for HIV the Western Blot was the incorrect test to use for initial testing.

Your oral swab test was one of the correct tests to use and you are reliably HIV negative if the test was done 3 months after your last unprotected sexual encounter.

Your "very very low" reading on the Western Blot was in all likelihood a normal reaction that a significant number of the HIV negative community will always test reactive for and that's one of the reasons the Western Blot is not be used as an initial HIV test.

First test wrong, oral swab correct.
Testing past 3 months then you are HIV negative.
« Last Edit: January 21, 2007, 04:48:29 AM by 411 »

Offline Andy Velez

  • Global Moderator
  • Member
  • Posts: 31,925
Re: "Just Con-fused"
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2007, 10:04:54 AM »
This IS a confusing situation. We need more complete information before you can get an informed response.

Maybe you need to be in touch with your doctor to get some clarification as well.
Andy Velez


Terms of Membership for these forums

© 2017 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved.   terms of use and your privacy
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.