Re: Indeterminate Wester Blot test for HIV! I'm freaking out!
I'm not a medical professional, either.
It sounds like you're low risk (having tested negative several times since you stopped using needles and using condoms for intercourse now), but they perform the Western Blot (WB) when the antibody test comes up reactive. So that would mean you had a "reactive" antibody test. That happens due to either 1) a true positive OR 2) a cross-reacting antibody (not HIV or anything to worry about) OR 3) Unknown reasons for false positives. So that's what we hope for in your case, that it was due to a cross reacting antibody or other cause of false positive.
I believe being pregnant and having received recent vaccines are two possible reasons for false positive antibody tests (along with other possible causes.)
Therefore, they ran a confirmatory test (Western Blot) to determine whether the antibody (ELISA) was a false positive, and the WB would be considered positive with 3 bands. You must have had one or two bands, and therefore it was "inconclusive." That's not something to worry about. Many people would have a band or two if given a random WB. Having one or two bands AND a reactive antibody test, however, means either a recent HIV infection (usually less than 3 months) or a you are actually negative, and your next test will show that.
From what I've read, most of time when a person has an inconclusive Western Blot and then they test again after a month or two, they are negative.
Despite what some people believe, I would recommend you use condoms or dental dams when performing oral sex in the future, unless you know for a fact the person is STD free. If you don't believe it's important to do this, let your doctor know you have multiple oral sex partners and ask whether he/she thinks you need to use protection.
I hope you end up negative and wish you well. If you feel too anxious, be sure to ask your doctor for temporary help with that.
Edit: I forgot to mention the condom should be made of latex to protect against HIV. Some other types (materials) don't protect against it. If the condom is past expiration, breaks (which should be obvious), or is not used correctly, it may also not protect.
Last edited by pfe; 03-11-2011 at 08:41 AM.