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Will hospital treatment affect result?

Hi, I have taken 3 of your self test kits over the past 3 months.
1st being 4 weeks – negative
2nd being 10 weeks – negative
3rd being 12.5 weeks – negative
I also had a 4th test 6 weeks post exposure whilst I was in hospital. I had “suspected” bacterial meningitis. “Suspected” as they failed to retrieve samples through a lumbar puncture several times. Not sure what tests for HIV they done but it was negative, and it was completed whilst I was on the infectious disease ward. I under went 6 days of IV antibiotics and I assume corticosteroids. My question is will my treatment whilst in hospital result in false negative results?

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 Used on 19th July 2017

Thanks for the quick reply. It's so hard to be confident in a 12 week negative result now days as there is so much conflicting information easily accessed across the internet. But I am putting faith in this 12.5 week test result. If I don't do it right now. I never will. Thank you.

Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 19th July 2017

Hi NegativeButScared Thanks for contacting us. The BioSURE HIV Self Test works by detecting antibodies to HIV rather than the virus itself. The advantage of this type of test is that they are very specific so they are not affected by other conditions or treatments. Neither antibiotics or corticosteroids are known to adversely affect the result of a BioSURE HIV Self Test. I advise that you consider your negative HIV test results to be reliable. I hope that this answers your question. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

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