A 30-year-old female asked:

I had thre lab tests down hiv 4th generation/ syphilis, and hep b antigen. the labs said the syphilis and hep antigen have been completed but they are still working on the hiv. since this test is taking longer does this mean it could be positive?

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Dr. Birendra Tandan
Urology 36 years experience
Not necessarily. The lab should give you a reason.
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Dr. Silviu Pasniciuc
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
It means the test is delayed, it can still be negative or positive. Some of the tests are sent out to other labs and this is many times the reason for the delay. Waiting is difficult, understandable.
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