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Are false positive herpes test likely?

Are false positive herpes test likely?

No: A positive antibody means you're infected with herpes. That doesn't mean you're developing outrbreaks, but it does mean that you at least have latent herpes somewhere in your body. A positive culture or pcr for herpes means you have an active lesion. ...Read more

Herpes (Definition)

There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Would HPV cause a false positive HIV ELISA test?

It shouldn't: Hpv shouldn't cause a false positive elisa. But see what the follow up western blot shows. ...Read more

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Positive HIV screener test at blood donation... Negative IFA and Negative NAT... False positive?

Positive HIV screener test at blood donation... Negative IFA and Negative NAT... False positive?

Yes: The initial screening test for HIV is very sensitive, but not very specific. The back up screening tests are much more specific for HIV. ...Read more

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Are false positive HIV tests rare?

Are false positive HIV tests rare?

HIV testing: This depends upon the test employed. They are generally both sensitive and specific but false positive results do occur. This question can be overcome with further testing, the most specific being PCR for HIV RNA. You should be seen by an expert in the management of HIV disease. ...Read more

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Can Valtrex (valacyclovir) trigger a false positive herpes test?

Can Valtrex (valacyclovir) trigger a false positive herpes test?

Herpes simplex: Depends upon the test to which you are referring. Valtrex (valacyclovir) may diminish the presence of virus in the skin or mucous membranes lesions and lessen the chances of a viral culture being positive, but will not in any way alter the antibody test on a blood specimen. ...Read more

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Would ghonnorea or clamidia cause false positive HIV ELISA test?

Would ghonnorea or clamidia cause false positive HIV ELISA test?

Possible: The elisa test can be affected by different infections, causing a false-positive result. After any positive elisa, a follow-up test is performed by a 'western blot' which takes longer to perform, but gives a more sensitive answer. If you or someone you know had a positive HIV by elisa, they absolutely need the follow-up testing (including a full std/sti work up). ...Read more

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What causes false positive HCV antibody test results?

What causes false positive HCV antibody test results?

Misinformed?: Who told you that your hep c test was false? If you have no viral load that means you cleared an infection. Are you sure you are getting the right advice? ...Read more

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What can cause false positive ELISA HIV tests?

What can cause false positive ELISA HIV tests?

Unknown: There is not any real or valid answer to this. It is unknown. The only known reason would be previous participation in a specific HIV vaccine trial where some form of antibody response. But in one who have not so participated the answer is unknowable. ...Read more

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Are false positive HIV ELISA tests a sign of HSV 2?

Are false positive HIV ELISA tests a sign of HSV 2?

Please get help: Please call your therapist. You obviously do not believe anything we tell you here. Don't understand why you think it is okay to take our time up when you don't believe our answers are accurate. Please find another forum to deal with your internal struggles. ...Read more

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The odds of a false positive HIV ELISA test?

Unlikely: All tests are subject to prior probability( the likelihood of a condition before any tests) and a refined probability, modified by test results. That being said the HIV eia test is among the most accurate in medicine, and when confirmed by a western blot, approaches 100% dr ted butler. ...Read more

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Is genital herpes a reason to produce a false positive ELISA HIV test?

Is genital herpes a reason to produce a false positive ELISA HIV test?

Asked and Answered: No. Absolutely not. But there is a link. Having hsv 2 makes your risk of contracting HIV five times higher than those without hsv 2. ...Read more

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Ana screen, ifa positive a (negative) means?

Ana screen, ifa positive a  (negative)   means?

Nothing by itself: One person in four tests positive. The vast majority of these people have no problems. The clinical picture is key, and how high the titer is may be helpful. ...Read more

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Can a chlamydia test come back false positive?

Can a chlamydia test come back false positive?

I guess.: Laboratory errors are not unheard of; a repat test can clear up the confusion. ...Read more

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Can an HIV antibody screening test be positive but the western blot negative?

Can an HIV antibody screening test be positive but the western blot negative?

Yes: There are 2 reasons for this kind of result: (1) a false positive, or (2) early infection before seroconversion. In someone at low risk for HIV without symptoms, another negative WB in 1 month means there's no infection. In someone at risk or with symptoms of acute infection, a viral load can be helpful. The new 4th generation antigen/antibody tests will eliminate this problem. ...Read more

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Can you get a false positive herpes test?

Can you get a false positive herpes test?

Yes: It's not uncommon for people who never show herpes i or ii lesions to have antibodies. Whether this means they ever met the virus at all is unknown. ...Read more