Anonymous
HI, I had oral sex 9 yr's before. After that I never had any sex or needle exposure. I'm having UTI symptoms since last 5 years, while each time my urine culture come negative (undocumented). Recently, I have HIV Elise test, which come out reactive (1.3), while cut-out was 1.0. I was so depressed and worried, that how come this happened to me after 9 yr's, though I have no HIV symptoms. I got tested for rapid antigen and western blot, Both come (Negative). I'm still worried, do I still have chances to get HIV? Do I need any further test? Why was my antibody count exceed so much that it marked me HIV infectious in ELise test? Does that mean I have HIV virus present in mu body ? I'm getting married and very nervous, Please help me.
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Anonymous
Hello,

Thank you for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as your source for HIV/AIDS related information. I am sorry to hear about your recent situation and I will try to help you by answering your questions.

If you have not had any sexual intercourse or been exposed to any contaminated needles, then a reactive Elisa test could potential be a false positive. [False positives](http://www.aidsmap.com/False-negatives-and-false-positives/page/1322981/) occur because the Elisa test is a 3rd generation HIV test that is designed to look for HIV antibodies that are in our body. HIV antibodies are formed in response to exposure to the virus. However, antibodies are also formed in response to other viruses or bacteria that we may be exposed to, like the common cold or a urinary tract infection (UTI). The Elisa test is an HIV-sensitive test and therefore, some of these other antibodies may be mistaken as HIV antibodies. That is why false positives occur. To ensure that a person is given the right HIV status, repeat or confirmatory testing is usually performed. In many countries, confirmatory testing done using 4th generation or p24 antigen tests. In Canada, [confirmatory testing](http://www.aidsmap.com/Confirmatory-tests/page/1323369/) is done using the Western Blot test. This test is HIV-specific and is used to make a confirmed HIV diagnosis. Since your Western Blot came back negative and if you have not had any more intercourse during this time, you are HIV negative.

I hope this has helped to answer your questions and ease your concerns. If you have any more questions, please feel free to contact us or refer to the links provided for more information.

Best wishes,

Mary

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