If you had no exposure after your last rapid test, it's highly likely the Elisa was a false positive. And furthermore, your negative western blot confirms this. You are conclusively negative. Use condoms always. Take care.
Hi Sonia, thank you for the advice. however, seeing that you yourself went through an hiv scare, I don't think you are able to give honorable advice.
Can one of the long time experts please comment? Teak or nursegirl?
Response from Sonia was correct. Your WB test is conclusive and "overrides" the false positive Elisa reported earlier. You do not have HIV
all the more my advice is honorable. I researched extensively during my scare. Teak and nursegirl are not available all the time. Like Diver58 has reaffirmed, your result is conclusively negative. please move on. take care.
theres no way a western blot can miss an infection that an elisa caught? is the window period for a western blot different from an elisa?
The WB is the royal flush of HIV tests,if it's negative then you don't have HIV--it's that simple.
it seems a bit more complicated than that. A positive result is not simple by any means..there must have been a reason the test (a LAB based one, at that) was reactive..
It's really not that more complicated then that.
There is always a possibility of "false positive" Elisa test, no matter how low it is, but it is there. This is the reason, a western blot test is always ordered whenever there is an Elisa comes positive. This golden test is done to confirm a real positive and rule out any false positive
The window period for a western blot isnt different from an elisa? Is it okay it was done like 2 years after the exposure?
Also, I had both an hiv1 and hiv2 western blot done. there was no bands. If I was infected, would at least 1 of the western blots be intermediate?
lastly, are rapid tests reliable? Would the 3 rapid tests i had done show up positive if there were antibodies present? How come those only use a small drop of blood, whereas for the lab ones, they draw a whole tube full?
No no different window period.
Yes, once you are positive you always test positive. Your not infected no reason to speculate anything further.
Rapid are meant to be quick so a smaller sample testing method was developed. Lab requires different testing procedure.
Accept it, you don't have HIV and you have the test to prove it.
Last question...If a loved one received these results, would you recommend for them to retest?
No, I would be very thankful that the WB came out negative.
Thank you again for all your help and reassurance. i'll try to get my mind past it..