Please can you help me - a result has come back weakly reactive.
What does this mean exactly? Previous tests have been sent to confirmation lab and come back negative, though the result paper doesn't state why they were sending it to the reference lab. The clinic did say that my previous two tests were equivocal and also that this new one was, but on the paper it says weakly reactive. Is weakly reactive and equivocal the same thing?
This test they say is 'identical' to a test a couple of months ago and so they aren't sending it for retesting.
The first duo on all three tests is not negative. I know for a fact that the last test is showing as 'weakly reactive', but the previous two tests don't have it written, only that I was told they were equivocal (as I was for the third before I read it was weakly reactive).
The first two tests that did go to the reference lab had three further DUO tests done, all coming back negative.
I've been told to worry, but I cant help but worry when they cant say why the first two tests were sent for reference lab tests. Obviously, they showed something, but apart from a negative, positive or weakly positive result, what could they show?
Last protected anal sex was about 4-5 weeks before the test.
Surely if my last test is showing as weakly reactive they cant just leave it? They say they don't need to send it to the reference lab for further testing as the result was identical to the test two months previous.
Or maybe they feel that HIV isn't the cause of these results?
Well a DUO test is positive would be positive at 4 weeks because of the antigens part of the test.
You don't have a positive test and that combined with your non-risks and I assume you meant "I've been told 'NOT' to worry". It is more fearful because you have the unknown infront of you and your mind is wondering to all possibilities.
Ah ok. So, I think that as two of my tests were sent to reference lab and came back negative (three different 4th gen elisa tests were done there) that my results are possibly caused by something that is maybe not hiv.
My last test came back as weakly reactive but they said there was no need to send it for more testing as it came back with the same result of the test two months before.
I have just tested again. What if that too comes back as weakly positive? Surely after several months it would be due to something other than hiv by then, if two confirmatory tests have already rules out infection? Why would they not have tested the last test again if it was weakly reactive? Surely they just cant leave it unless they were sure it was ok - they said the results of that test were identical to the previous one.
..but these tests have been like this for about 9 months already in total!
..plus if on my last test they saw a weakly reactive result, it would surely be totally wrong for them to have just left it, right? Un less they were sure nothing was going on ie. as mentioned before, there hadn't been a change between those tests which were two months apart.
I've been getting so much different information from my own GUM clinic and another I visited. One says a weak reactive isn't equivocal, but where I had the tests done they say they are, then I've heard that the results are indeterminate, or borderline....or that an indeterminate or borderline is less 'true' than a weak reactive! SO confusing - and very stressful!
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