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Can cancer affect the result of the test?

I took HIV test number 2 today and it was great! But I wonder. Can you detect antibodies on an HIV test if you have leukemia or other cancer? And if so, can it affect the result? Thanks for answer!

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 Used on 02nd January 2018

Thanks for your reply! It feels like I can feel confident that it's the correct answer I received in your tests. And it feels good to know! Thanks!

Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 02nd January 2018

Hi Tim The BioSURE HIV Self Test can detect HIV-1 and HIV-2 and will also detect all subtypes and identified circulating recombinant forms, including those within Group O. It is not more difficult to look for these kinds as the antibodies sought are common to all types of HIV. With regard to long term infection, the test also detects IgA, which are long term memory antibodies. We have a lot of data that shows that the test will detect HIV antibodies in HIV positive people on treatment. Many of those tested have have been on treatment for more than 5 years. So we are very sure that if someone had been infected a long time ago the test would still be accurate. I hope that this helps. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

 Used on 02nd January 2018

I suspect I can have HIV without your samples being able to detect it. For example, I have had rash for several weeks and is a little sweaty for some nights, although it's not so much ... But I hope that the test test shows the correct results! what do you think?.

 Used on 01st January 2018

If you belong to HIV group O, is it more difficult to look for the test if you have HIV? Or if you have had aids for a long time without knowing about it? I read online that it could be so in these examples. Is it true?

Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 29th December 2017

Hi Tim Thanks for getting in touch. The BioSURE HIV Self Test is very specific and it's results would not be affected by either of the conditions mentioned. The test would still detect HIV if you were suffering from either. I hope that this helps. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

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