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20 Jan 2004

Reliability of hiv tests
I went for 2 rapid tests and 2 elisa tests and they all came back negative. I have a doubt about these results because i have developed some hiv related symptoms such as;
1 night sweats
2 tangue covered in white stuff
3 stomach problems more than a month (not diarrhea but my stomach has cramps and sometimes makes sounds especially when i am asleep it also becomes painful when i had something to eat).
4 loss of weight
My concern is whether the above tests are 100% reliable and what are the chances of falso negative results? To rephrase my question" under what circumstances would a person test negative whereas positive?
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01 Jan 0001

You could test negative in the early stage of seroconversion. This is when your body has not built up antibodies to HIV yet. If the test beeing used is not sesitive enough you could also test negative ,but this is rarely the case with the new technology.
If you are in dougt ask your doctor to do a PCR test.
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