Anonymous
Hi,

I had tonsillitis in May but never went to a doctor to get it checked because it didn't really bother me and I thought I would just let it settle. 2 months later, I did a blood test for HIV and here are the results.

HIV1/2 Ag/Ab Combo - Reactive
HIV1 p24 Antigen - non-reactive
HIV1 Western blot - Negative
HIV final interpretation - No HIV p24 antigen detected; Inconclusive for HIV1/HIV2 antibodies

If my tonsillitis was due to a virus (maybe mono), could this have affected the combo test and show as reactive? I would consider myself as low risk individual (protected sex, no drugs using needle) but the test result is causing a lot of distress. I will have to do another blood test in 4 weeks but I'm scared the combo test will show reactive again because of my recent tonsillitis.
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Anonymous
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for you HIV/AIDS related health information.

It sounds like you are concerned about the results of your HIV tests, and whether or not tonsillitis could have effected those results.

There are only 4 things that can effect the HIV testing window period.

* You are currently receiving treating for Hepatitis C

* You are currently receiving treatment for Cancer (chemotherapy)

* You have some form of immunodeficiency (which you would know about at birth)

* You are currently on post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP)

Therefore, tonsillitis would not effected your test results. You can trust your Non-Reactive/Negative test results.

I would encourage you to check out the following resources about HIV:

  • Risk Assessment Chart


  • HIV Basics


  • Smart Sex Resource


  • Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline.

    Hilary
    AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online
    helpline.aidsvancouver.org
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