Influenza Vaccination and False Positive HIV Results
A control study of 101 blood donors who had been vaccinated against influenza and 191 matched controls showed that recent inoculation with any brand of influenza vaccine was significantly associated with a false positive screening assay for HIV antibodies. Guidelines of both Johns Hopkins and the New York State Department of Health list influenza vaccination as a known cause of indeterminate results on Western blotting for HIV antibodies...

Hidden Facts of HIV Tests: What’s in the Fine Print
By Christine Maggiore
“We've now gone from ‘HIV is thought to cause AIDS,’ to something even more uncertain with the newly approved HIV test: ‘Published data indicate A STRONG CORRELATION between the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and a retrovirus REFERRED TO as HIV."

HIV Testing Questioned
By Rupa Chinai
“An HIV positive test usually means a ‘death sentence.’ But AIDS counselors and doctors are finding that a positive result is fraught with problems and can sometimes be false. The validity of the HIV test hence needs re-examination, they say…”

Manufacturing Certainty
By David Crowe
"Tests indicate you may have a chance of being infected. There is a probability that, if infected, you will become ill within the next 10 years and a possibility that you never will. If you take the drugs, there is a significant risk of great decline in your quality of life, and a possibility that the drugs will kill you."

New Tests, Same Old Problems
By Christine Maggiore
“Contrary to the statement that the new test can tell people ‘whether they are infected,’ the FDA has not approved the quick test (or any other HIV test) for actually diagnosing HIV infection…”

How a 99.99% Accurate Test Can Be Wrong Half the Time
By Christine Maggiore
“A new article in Popular Science explains how allegedly accurate HIV tests can be dead wrong when performed on people with no risk factors…”

Positively Flawed
By Celia Farber
“The difference between thinking you will live and thinking you will die often depends on an HIV antibody test that is shockingly unreliable. The case of a 3-year-old boy in North Carolina proves that even hospitals have to admit this now…”  

Questions on HIV-Antibody Tests
By Matt Irwin, MD
“A 20 to 40% rate of indeterminate on Western Blot, a test that supposedly determines life or death, is outrageously high. Yet few medical experts question whether it is appropriate to use it for diagnosing HIV infection. This is only the tip of the iceberg regarding the problems with HIV tests…”

Smart HIV Test is Dumb After All
By Steven Ransom
“When the gloss is stripped away, the “100% accuracy” confidently trumpeted for the new Smart Test is completely untrue. As with any other rapid test, it might show positive results on patients with other diseases or with high amounts of non-specific antibodies…”

Testing, Testing… Is a Positive Antibody Test Proof of HIV Infection?
By Valendar Turner, MD
Department of Emergency Medicine,
Royal Perth Hospital, Perth, Western Australia
“An antibody test, even if repeated and found positive a thousand times, does not prove the presence of a viral infection. The failure to verify the antibody tests against the gold standard of virus isolation is a serious omission of scientific method…”

The Ultimate Question: Do I Have HIV?
The Answer: More Complex Than You Think.

By Liam Scheff
“HIV-antibody tests actually measure a patient's antibody reaction to a series of proteins that are thought to be components of HIV. But none of the proteins used in the test kits are unique or specific to HIV…”

66 Reasons To Think Twice About HIV Tests
List and references compiled by Christine Johnson
"Most people are surprised to learn that you don't need to have HIV in order to test HIV positive. More than 60 factors 'all documented in the medical literature or acknowledged by test manufacturers' are known to elicit the production of antibodies that can cause false positive results on HIV antibody tests, even in people with no possible exposure to HIV and no potential risks for AIDS."



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