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False positive?

2 months pregnant, went in for prenatal testing, blood work so on... First test came back repetitively active, western blot negative. The nurse initially told me I was HIV positive because my index value is 3.4. My doctor reassured me that I am hiv negative due to the western blot. My question... what the heck is the index value, should I test again?
p.s. ended up having a miscarriage.
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Pregnancies are known to cause false positives.
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I understand that, just don't understand the index value. Do I retest, the doctor said nothing more.
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Free floating contaminates.
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Well you seem as concerned as my doctor.
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a negative western blot trumps your positive test, therefore the index value is irrelevant.

you're worrying for nothing
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Worrying is an understatement, try having someone tell you you're HIV positive. Thank you for the reply, though... the doctor said I should retest in 6 months to make sure it's not HIV 2. Now I'm freaking out about HIV-2. uggh
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