[Question #6441] Hiv value

14 months ago
Hi doctor,

I tested a girl I slept with, and her hiv combo came negative. But the value was 0.001. 
I was a bit skeptical about it so I tested the same blood sample and it was 0.001 again. Is it possible to get such results?  Is there anything wrong with the measurements in the test?
When I normally test I get 0.1 or 0.2 or 0.3 as a minimum. 

Thank you and have a good day
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
13 months ago
Welcome back, but I'm sorry you found it necessary, and I really don't understand it. As Dr. Hook said when you discussed this with him a few days ago, "negative is unequivocally negative and fluctuation in the negative values is typical.  When one negative numerical value is higher than another the differences are irrelevant and there is no such thing as a 'worrisome' or 'high' negative value...." This time you're concerned about a lower than usual value, but the answer is the same. Negative is negative. Maybe you had a different brand of test than other times, with somewhat different technology and numerical results. But no matter what the value, if it's below the positive cut-off number, it's negative. Period, full stop, no exceptions, and no need to ask again!

You've had many repetative questions on slmilar topics, all pretty much the same in terms of low risk and negative testing. You have previously been advised about the forum policy on this, at least twice. Here it is again.

As implied above, the forum discourages repeated questions on the same topic or exposure, or type of exposure. You should expect that future new questions along these lines will receive no reply and the posting fee will not be refunded. This policy is based on compassion, not criticism, and is designed to reduce temptations to keep paying for questions with obvious answers. In addition, experience shows that continued answers tend to prolong users' anxieties rather than reducing them. Finally, such questions have little educational value for other users, one of the forum's main purposes. 

Future questions will receive no reply at all but will simply be deleted without comment. Thanks for your understanding.

Regards--   HHH, MD