Originally Posted by thundersweet
I went ahead and consented. I guess my main reason was they were already taking blood so why not. The more I thought about it, I thought "you never know."
My intention was for them NOT to take any blood. I have physical obstacles to successfully having blood taken, in addition to religious objections.
I looked at the list of what they test for, and I knew all of the answers except my iron level. But, they wouldn't believe me.
I knew my immunity history, I knew my blood type, I knew I was negative for all STDs, etc.
When I changed to a MW, she believed me. But, she explained that if there was a hospital transfer and I hadn't done these tests, the baby would suffer for it. So, I had to try.
The MW made a miracle. It was the first time in my life that anyone was able to get blood out of me in less than an hour and with less than 25 holes. I told her that if I ever need to have blood taken again in my life, I am calling her.
Knowing what I know now about false positives, I would be very nervous.
A friend of mine told me how his wife had gotten a false positive for gonorrhea and came home very upset at him. Neither of them had been with anyone else besides each other. He was furious at the accusation, grabbed his wife by the hand, and went storming into the hospital. He demanded a re-test, and it turned out they were clean.
A false positive for HIV on your record can be very problematic for you the rest of your life.