Hi, I recently had to take and hiv test for work. My doctor called me to immediatly come in to dicsuss my results. He said my Elisa was repeatedly reactive but my western blot was negative. I am shocked. He referred me to see a special infectious doctor for more testing. I haven\'t been sleeping around and my last sexual encounter was in July and I used a condom that did not break or slip. I then developed jock itch and am taking keconazole for it and it still hasn\'t cleared up. Would that interfere with my elisa test or am I really developing hiv. I see a specialist tomorrow. Western bloc negative. I\'m going crazy
Rapid antibody tests are qualitative immunoassays intended for use as a point-of-care test to aid in the âdiagnosis of âHIV infection. These tests should be used in conjunction with the clinical status, history, âand risk factors of the âperson being tested.â Also these tests cannot be used as single diagnostic testing âmethods. These tests should be used in appropriate multi-test algorithms. â
Although these tests have high specificity, false positives do occur. Any positive test result should be âconfirmed by a lab using the western blot.â
The causes for a false positive results with the HIV ELISA tests include - â
Nonspecific reactions, hypergammaglobulinemia, or the presence of antibodies directed to other âinfectious agents âthat may be antigenically similar to HIV can produce false positive results. â
Autoimmune diseases, such as systemic âlupus erythematosus, have also rarely caused false positive âresults.â
Since the western blot test is negative, it is more likely that you are HIV negative.
You might get a clear picture, when you consult with the Specialist in infectious diseases, who might be able to clear all your doubts and apprehensions.
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