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can a hiv combo test be wrong after 3weeks,p24 + antibody negative i went to my doctor and he said i had reactive lymphocytes. i have given symptoms?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Reassuring, but...: At 3 weeks, the "combo" or "duo" HIV blood test is positive 80-90% of the time, so your result is reassuring. However, you need follow-up testing to be certain, e.g. another combo test at 4+ weeks. If your exposure was particularly high risk (e.g. unprotected anal, known positive partner) and/or your symptoms typical for new HIV, ask your doctor about other tests, such as DNA/RNA testing.
Answered on Mar 6, 2016
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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
52 years experience Infectious Disease
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FYI, there are many causes of reactive lymphocytes and HIV is a rare cause, so by itself that particular finding is not a serious concern.
Sep 26, 2015

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