I donated blood plasma five weeks postpartum, and they test for the HIV antibodies. My test came back positive. They told me this could be because of the pregnancy hormone, and are doing another, better test.
I have been married for two years and we have both been faithful. I gave plasma a year after we were married and tested negative. (This would be a year since my last partner). My husband was tested six months ago, and was tested again two weeks ago, and came back negative both times. This was after being with me for almost two years, so I think that it would be quite probably that he would be infected as well.
So basically, is it possible that it was a false positive? My husband hasn't gotten it in two years of having unprotected sex, I breastfed a few times so I might still have that hormone (not sure how long that lasts), and a year after my last partner I tested negative.
My regular lab results back in March of this year had these counts: WBC 7.3, Lymphs 15%, and Abs. Lymphs 1.10. This past March would have been about 17 months since my last partner.
Thanks for any input or opinions. The wait for this test to come back is horrible. Especially when I'm worried I gave it to my baby (but somehow not my husband).
I forgot to add: the test was the one for the anti-bodies. I don't know if this makes a difference. Also, I've heard that it usually shows up within 2-8 weeks, so it is strange that I was negative at a year. Could it take over a year to show up? And why doesn't my husband have it... could it be we're that lucky? This is terrible, I think that if I have it I'll be as okay with it as can be expected, but I just don't think I can handle being the reason my baby has it (if he does). And they said he can't be tested until 18 months.
I have asked a friend of mine to respond but until she gets back to you all I can say it is possible to test positive when you are not. It is also possible to test negative when you are positive,the chances are very small but it has been know to happen. You should get a blood test for a 100% diagnosis...HIV can be dormant in your body for over a decade. Hopefully my friend Mson will respond this afternoon as I have made her aware that you need an answer and being as she is a woman living with AIDS I think she will be able to answer your questions. Be patient,I am sure she will be on here this afternoon and will respond to your post.Stay cool and don't worry...=) it will be alright.
Thanks guys, I think the test they originally did was ELISA or something, they sent it for a confirmatory test which I guess is the Western Blot. It's been over a week and I still haven't gotten the letter. I guess whatever is in the one test reacts with hcg, the pregnancy hormone, and sometimes cause false positives. So there's some hope I guess. I just hope I didn't give it to my baby if I did have it. How long can you have HIV before it turns to AIDS? Can you just carry the antibodies and not have the virus?
How long can you have HIV before it turns to AIDS?
How long can you have HIV before it turns to AIDS? That is different for everyone but for most people it is years..that is why it is so important to have early detection.That way you can start on meds early and HIV wont have a chance to turn into AIDS.
Can you just carry the antibodies and not have the virus?Yes,that happens but it is very very rare..there have been people who are carriers and never get sick.