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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I had a hiv testdone the results were indeterminate
the "band present" was p55 Ab (what ever that means)
do I have to majorly worry Please help me                                                  
Doctor :   Hi
User :   hi
User :   can you help me with this question
Doctor :   So didn't the test say negative? It only said indeterminate is it?
User :   indeterminate only
Doctor :   Well indeterminate means that the test could not declare you to be free of the organism nor could it declare you as having the organism for sure
Doctor :   The only option left
Doctor :   is to repeat an antibody test after 8weeks of exposure
User :   is this rare? to get this kind of result? I am sorry to ask but I am nervous about this
Doctor :   Such a result may be due to an inappropriate sample or
Doctor :   the amount of antigens(parts of the organism) found is less than a set standard
Doctor :   to declare as confirmed infection
User :   Oh I see! I had a herpes outbreak at the time of the test Iwondered if thatwould affect the outcome
Doctor :   I am not sure about how frequently they get such a result
Doctor :   No herpes doesn't interfere in this test
Doctor :   If you test negative or indeterminate for HIV during standard antibody HIV testing and it's been less than three months since the suspected exposure, consider retesting.
Doctor :   The best time for retesting is three months or longer after the possible exposure.
User :   okay I will do so
User :   but indeterminate does not necessarily mean I am infected witht he virus?
Doctor :   Yes you are right, it doesn't
User :   could just be a virus of some sort or a screwed up test?
Doctor :   Yes, exactly
User :   thank you for your help.........
Doctor :   Discuss further testing and treatment with your doctor
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   I am praying !! I will discuss with my doctor. He said If i had another indeterminate that would be POSITIVE
Doctor :   OK
User :   thanks
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Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
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