Childhood Diseases

Posted by: FRUSTRATED | 2010-09-16



An HIV test was conducted on my baby when she was six weeks, and the test came back negative. Tuesday I took her to the doctor because she was heating and vomiting, since she is 6 months I asked the doctor if I can take her to the lab to do her six month HIV test and the doctor gave the go ahead. She called me this morning and told me that another test need to be done coz the one is reactive meaning she is positive. What went wrong, I cannot take this.

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Your baby most probably had the test for HIV done at birth which is called the PCR test. This is usually very accurate at detecting evidence of HIV in a baby and this test was Negative. Now at 6 months they have probably done another test called the Elisa test for HIV.There is just a possibility that this test is positive but you have not been informed that it is definitely positive.There may have been a problem with the test.Have this test repeated as soon as possible and hopefully the second Elisa test will come back negative.

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Posted by: Frustrated | 2010-09-22

Thanks for being there, I felt like I was dying, in any case the scond test was done and it came back as negative. Shoooo what a relief.

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Posted by: frustrated | 2010-09-16

So this is not definite, but why is it testing positive, if the first one tested negative. What could be the reasons?

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