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.
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