Anonymous
Hi,
Thank you for the previous response, it was a great help.
But i forgot to mention some in my prev. question, I hope its not annoying.
Actally i was diagnosed with tubercular lymphadenitis but was not taking medication for it.
My question is
1- You described immunodefeciency in kids can change the report. As I am not a kid I am 21 but does this TB relates to such(immunodeficiency) and could've change my report into false negative ?
2- The test was done for antibodies which i beleive even TB also creates antibodies in blood, can this be the reason for false negative result ?
3- Can i wooo-hooo loud or have to wait ?
Please do answer. Thank you for your help you guys are great
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Anonymous
Hi there,

Thanks for your question. Please note that we are not medical professionals- we are volunteers trained in HIV so please do not take this as medical counselling. But from what I have read, tubercular lymphadentis sounds like a lymph node infection caused by a bacteria. So in your case:

1) You do not have a compromised immune system. So your infection would likely not affect your results.
2) From this email, I do not have the information about your test. And I am not an expert in tuberculous lymphadenitis. But, in the event that it did create antibodies in the blood, that would actually be a reason for a false POSITIVE result and not a false negative one. So long as your test was conducted by a trained person in a health care setting, you can trust your results.
3) I cannot give you an answer based on the information you've described. But if you reflect on your situation that you believed placed you at risk (i.e. unprotected anal/vaginal sex or sharing injection needles), the global window period is still 3 months, 12 weeks or 84 days.

I hope I've answered your question. If you have others, please don't hesitate to ask.

Best,

Maggie

AIDS Vancouver Volunteer
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