It may come as a big surprise to most people, but HIV tests given to people today don’t actually test for the presence of the HIV virus. Rather, they test for the presence of HIV antibodies that the immune system creates to defend itself against HIV. And just because you have HIV antibodies doesn’t mean you actually carry HIV. In some circumstances, up to 50 percent of HIV positives are false, causing havoc with the lives of those patients who are falsely accused of being “HIV positive.”

This startling fact was revealed in a recent study that’s being published in the July 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. It shows that patients who are recruited for HIV vaccine trials often end up testing positive for HIV even though they were only exposed to the vaccine, not the virus.

“Almost half of HIV-negative people who participate in clinical trials for HIV vaccines end up testing positive on routine HIV tests — even though they’re not actually infected” reports US News & World Report.

Some vaccines caused a false positive rate of over 86 percent.

HIV vaccines cause 50 percent false positive rate in HIV tests, 7/20/10

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