Why was my first test reported as NR Reference Range?
Now that I got my second test, there's a question no one could answer. Why did the first test say the ELISA was "Reactive: Antibody detected [Reference Range=NR]"
What gives? Why'd it say "antibody detected" if the same test said the Reference Range was non-reactive?
I remember you. You said you had a false positive HIV test, with a negative Western Blot.
The normal result on the Elisa would be NR, or Non Reactive. Yours was Reactive, meaning the antibody was detected. If you had a Western Blot that was negative at the appropriate time, you had a false positive Elisa.
(The Reference Range on a test is the normal, expected result. NR means Non Reactive. So the expected result was NR, and you were reactive. Falsely, it turns out. )
I am glad I tested. I would have still been worried if I had not tested. My only regret is taking the oral swab test the first time. I would have refused an oral test if I knew about the false positive rates of oral tests. The second test was a full panel BLOOD test, which tested for everything, so I know I'm clean of other things.
Yes it is good you tested. Low risk does not mean NO risk. You never tell someone NOT to test because of having a low risk. Testing is the only way to find out ones status. A confirmative test is in place for a reason. To make sure your orginal test is a true positive. It doesn't matter if it was a rapid test or a conventional ELISA test both can give false positive results.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.