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How can someone with HIV consistently test negative using elisa?
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Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: How do you know HIV
If HIV antibody testing is negative through elisa how do you know the person is hiv+? If they have been shown to have HIV by PCR testing for viral RNA it is possible, but unlikely, that their immune system is so impaired that they cannot form antibodies.
It is also possible, but again unlikely, that they have HIV type ii and not being tested for this. Something does not make sense.

In brief: How do you know HIV
If HIV antibody testing is negative through elisa how do you know the person is hiv+? If they have been shown to have HIV by PCR testing for viral RNA it is possible, but unlikely, that their immune system is so impaired that they cannot form antibodies.
It is also possible, but again unlikely, that they have HIV type ii and not being tested for this. Something does not make sense.
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