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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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Can pregnancy blood test give false negative. 3 days late, urine test negative and blood test negative too?

Can pregnancy blood test give false negative. 3 days late, urine test negative and blood test negative too?

False negative PG: A false pregnancy test is possible however, in this case you also have a negative blood pregnancy test which is far more accurate. ...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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Hepb surface antigen positive, confirmatory test negative, antibody and core negative, should I worry?

Hepb surface antigen positive, confirmatory test negative, antibody and core negative, should I worry?

Possibly: Do not understand how initial test was positive and "confirmatory" test negative. Need to repeat these, although you may be in the "window" period, when antigen is being consumed by forming antibody and neither is measurable. Wait 3 months and retest antibody titers. By then you may be hepb antibody and core antibody positive, in which case you are immune. ...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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Erosive gastritis. h.pylori blood test positive, breath test positive, stool antigen test negative, biopsy negative. what to do ?

Erosive gastritis. h.pylori blood test positive, breath test positive, stool antigen test negative, biopsy negative.  what to do ?

Treat it: The positive H. pylori antibody test is not a reliable indicator of current infection. The gold standard for H. pylori treatment is the gastric biopsy, and this is negative in this patient. However, I am impressed by the positive breath test and erosive gastritis. I would have expected stool antigen to be positive, as it mirrors the breath test. Given the discrepant results, treat the patient. ...Read more

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What does a high positive ANA ifa test and negative choice antibody test mean?

What does a high positive ANA ifa test and negative choice antibody test mean?

See details: I have never heard of a choice antibody test. I positive ANA must be evaluated in the context of the clinical picture. It is a screening test for lupus but can be positive in numerous other diseases and often in people without any disease. ...Read more

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Positive quantiferon gold test but negative xray?

Positive quantiferon gold test but negative xray?

See below: It means that you have been exposed to tb. A chest x-ray that is positive would indicate either past or active infection. ...Read more

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Is a four week negative HIV antibody test / negative PCR test reliable?

Is a four week negative HIV antibody test / negative PCR test reliable?

HIV diagnosis: Antibody titers have been reported to be delayed as long as six months, but this is very unusual. A negative pcr for viral RNA is virtually determinative of the absence of infection. ...Read more

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5 positive home pregnancy test 2 different brands negative blood test still getting a positive in home test lines very slowly getting darker ?

5 positive home pregnancy test 2 different brands negative blood test still getting a positive in home test lines very slowly getting darker ?

Blood test for HCG: Given the discrepant results with hpt, it would be useful to see your doctor and get a blood test for HCG levels, it is more sensitive and specific than hpt. Alternatively could wait 4-5 days to repeat hpt. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I took 7 home pregnancy test all positive but doctor test say negative and blood test was negative why?

I took 7 home pregnancy test all positive but doctor test say negative and blood test was negative why?

Please clarify: Perhaps the reason can be known when you tell us honestly why you kept testing at home even though the test told you a positive answer. Something must have clued you into the fact something was not normal. You tell us. ...Read more

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Tb skin test negative, quentform TB test negative, bone marrow biopsy results indicative of TB (reacts to ziehl niehlssen), PCR negative. How come?

Tb skin test negative, quentform TB test negative, bone marrow biopsy results indicative of TB (reacts to ziehl niehlssen), PCR negative. How come?

No...actually: The zn stain is a broad stain for acid fast bacilli of which mycobacterium tuberculosis is one of many. The specific tests like quantiferon or the pcr test are against you having tb. The culture is the "gold standard" but you will need to wait for it. It might turn out be a cousin of TB and that too will grow out of culture. Stay on TB meds until they are certain of the AFB positive organism. ...Read more

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3 days late 2posative clear blue digital test 1negative cheap test a negative doctor test. Am i pregnant?

3 days late 2posative clear blue digital test 1negative cheap test a negative doctor test. Am i pregnant?

If doubt then : There is not a way that we can tell you if you are pregnant if you have done one test that is positive and one that is negative. We would simply be guessing which test is correct. In this case you will need to see a doctor for a blood bhcg test. ...Read more

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False positive hep c antibody tests? I have had 2 positive tests 1.04, 1.15 and one negative test. Also 2 negative PCR tests, 18 wks after needle stic

False positive hep c antibody tests? I have had 2 positive tests 1.04, 1.15 and one negative test. Also 2 negative PCR tests, 18 wks after needle stic

Hep C unlikely: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, give than Hep C pcr test was negative at 18 weeks after exposure, it is unlikely that you have Hep C infection. ...Read more

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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