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Antidepressants and hiv biosure result affected?

Would being on duloxetine antidepressant affect the result of a biosure antibody test please. I am on them for anxiety and they are really strong. I am on 60mg. I have heard they can affect the result as they stop you making antibodies thanks in advance x

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Becky, BioSure UK Ltd
 Work on 15th September 2020

Hi Anxious girl, Diazepam, like other medications for depression and anxiety will cause no interference with the test itself or the result. Seroconversion usually occurs 1-3 weeks after infection, during this time most people experience symptoms such as fever, chills, headaches, muscle aches and pains etc. Medication such as diazepam and prozac cannot delay seroconversion and the normal testing period for a 2nd generation test is 12 weeks. Our test is 2nd generation and therefore any result 12 weeks post exposure is conclusive. You can test at anytime during this period. Testing at 6/7 weeks would give a very good indication of your status but you must retest at 12 weeks to allow your body to have produced enough antibodies for the test to give an accurate result. Everyone produces antibodies at different rates - by 6 weeks around 95% of people will have produced enough antibodies. Therefore, if you received a negative result past 6 weeks since exposure will be a very good indication that you are negative. In regards to HIV and Hep B co infection, there is no evidence to suggest that seroconversion can be delayed due to delayed antibody production. If you were to receive a negative result for HIV using our test, the result would be reliable and if taken 12 weeks post exposure, it would be conclusive and you would not need to retest. I hope this information helps. Kindest regards, Becky

Anxious girl help
 Thinking on 13th September 2020

I have also been put on diazepam 2mg as well as prozac. Does this affect an hiv result ? I am worrying about this now and about if i can stil take the test at 12 weeks? Or will I have to wait? And be sure of the results :( I just want this to be over. I have taken about 17 since Monday whenever I am anxious. ...- In addition to the original diazepam question, I read on the internet, a paper that says that diazepam can inhibit hiv 1 or and hiv 2 replication/ seroconversion / production of antibodies and therefore delay me taking my test and I am worried that this would delay my seroconversion. I want to test at 12 weeks knowing that even though I am on diazepam it will NOT delay or extend the 12 week window period for testing. Can diazepam and prozac intake at the same time extend my 12 week seroconversion time scale to longer than 12 weeks. my anxiety is through the roof with this :( and if diazepam does delay seroconversion, how much longer do I need to wait before taking your test :( and should I therefore stop taking the diazepam till it comes out of my system and for how much longer should I wait before taking the biosure hiv self test? Please help x

Anxious girl
 Thinking on 09th September 2020

're prozac. Hello Becky, thank you so much for this reassurance & your compassion & patience regarding the questions I have asked.

Becky, BioSure UK
 Work on 09th September 2020

Hi Anxious girl, Prozac will not have any affect on the test or result either. There is no evidence to suggest that cross reactivity occurs when users test whilst on this type of medication. I would recommend to wait the whole 6 weeks before testing again as after this time your result will be conclusive, however please do not stop taking your prescribed medication unless told to by your doctor. I can assure you that being on this medication will not have an affect on your result. If you have any other questions, please feel free to leave them below. Kindest regards, Becky

Anxious girl help
 Used on 08th September 2020

Thanks for your response 're antidepressants. I have now been put onto Prozac and have 6 weeks to wait to do the biosure test. Can I be certain that the prozac will not affect the outcome of the test. I am out of my mind with worry. Shall I stop taking the prozac before doing the test? And if so how long. I am terrified it will give an inaccurate result. I need to know if the test would be conclusive at 12 weeks despite use if prozac ? Sorry I just need reassurance.

Becky, BioSure UK Ltd
 Work on 01st September 2020

Hi Anxious girl, Numerous cross reactivity data suggests that the results from a BioSURE HIV self test will not be affected by antidepressants. These medications cannot delay seroconversion. If you are planning to test using our test at 8 weeks, any result is a good indication of your status but you must retest at 12 weeks for a conclusive result. Kindest regards, Becky

Anxious girl HELP
 Used on 28th August 2020

Hi Becky this is my response to your answer 're antidepressant duloxetine. I have heard that any SSRi's including duloxetine can delay seroconversion. Can you confirm that this is NOT the case as I have seen in various pages of the internet this could happen and I want to do a test in 8 wks and be certain & conclusive of any result. Sorry to ask for clarification. They say it can delay the seroconversion. Thanks in advance x

Becky, BioSure UK Ltd
 Work on 27th August 2020

Hi Anxious girl, There is no evidence to suggest that duloxetine interferes with HIV test results. You are able to test using our test whilst on this type of medication. Kindest regards, Becky

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