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An_247022 posted:
went to plasma center to give blood they said i was hiv positive i then went to my doctor and got tested and the results came back negative which one do i believe
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georgiagail responded:
There are cases of false positive HIV screening test results. The attached article discusses the causes of some of these:

http://www.ehow.com/about_5045612_causes-false-positive-hiv-test.html

Typically a positive screening result is followed by a second test, known as a Western Blot. If both tests come back "reactive" (i.e., positive) the person is assumed to be HIV positive. If the Western Blot comes back non-reactive, the person is considered to be HIV negative with an initial false positive screening result.

I hope this makes sense.

Gail
 
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kimbub replied to georgiagail's response:
how do i know what test they ran?
 
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georgiagail replied to kimbub's response:
How about calling your physicians office and asking if this was the ELISA or the Western Blot (likely the first).

One question you need to ask yourself is "could I be at risk for HIV"...based on a past exposure? For example, recent unprotected intercourse, sharing of IV drug needles?

It not, then the risk is not there.

So...could you be at risk?

Gail


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