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Would ghonnorea or clamidia cause false positive HIV ELISA test?

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Dr. Justin Diedrich
Gynecology

In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
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