It is a common and well-accepted myth that if you test positive for HIV in your first month of HIV testing, you are likely HIV positive.
But, according to a report from the World Health Organization, this is not the case.
The report states that in reality, only about 15% of people who test positive in their first month are HIV positive, and most HIV-positive people do not become HIV positive until after a second month.
However, according a new report by the Centre for Research and Treatment of HIV and AIDS (CRTIHA), a UK charity, this rate of false positive tests is higher than the one that is actually recorded.
In a paper published in the Lancet, the researchers describe a study that shows that in the UK, between 2012 and 2015, there were an estimated 632,000 new HIV infections.
Of those, 1,973,000 were confirmed.
But in the three months before the study started, only 5,400 people who tested positive were confirmed and the rest were considered false positive.
So the researchers analysed the data for those people who had tested positive in the first month and found that between 1,200 and 1,700 of those people were actually HIV positive and had tested negative.
And in fact, they found that the true number of people whose test results were false positive was probably between 1.7 million and 2.2 million people.
Although the researchers admit that they are not able to draw conclusions about the true rate of HIV positive people, they say that if this is the case, it is a major health problem.
For the first time in our country’s history, the UK has a serious epidemic of false negative tests for HIV, said Dr Richard Waddington, chair of the HIV Research and Epidemiology Department at the University of Manchester.
“The problem is, if you have a false positive, you’re likely to be caught up in the pandemic,” he told the BBC.
“And if you become infected you’re going to have an infection for years to come.”
This study shows that even if you do have HIV, the true infection rate is very high and that is a serious problem.
It’s not just that you can’t test for HIV but you’re not even tested for the virus in the second stage of the disease.
“We’ve been saying for a long time that the HIV virus is not transmitted in this country, so if you are positive in your second week of testing, your infection is probably over by the time you come out of the clinic,” Dr Waddwood said.
Dr Waddood said there were also concerns about the fact that many people who did not have HIV were in treatment, and this meant they were likely to test positive again.
“People are infected for years and years and they don’t test positive and the virus comes out,” he said.
“It’s not the end of the world, but it is very dangerous.”
The research was carried out by Dr John Walker, a senior research scientist at the CRTIHA.
This was the first study to look at the incidence of false positives for HIV among UK people who were already HIV positive at the time of the study.
According to Dr Walker, there is evidence to suggest that many HIV positive HIV positive men have had a previous negative HIV test and have not come into contact with other people who are HIV negative.
This means they are probably more likely to get infected by HIV, he said, and they may be more likely than people with HIV positive to be infected with the virus again.
Dr Walker said the findings have implications for the current HIV prevention strategy, and will inform how we think about how to change our approach.
There is a large proportion of people in the community who are not aware that they have HIV and many are unaware of it,” he added.
As well as the need to test and avoid contact with new HIV positive contacts, Dr Walker also stressed the importance of getting tested regularly.”
We need to be very careful in our approach, as well as being proactive, we should not have people going into hospitals, going into prisons, being at work,” he explained.”
And we should be very cautious not to inject in prison, and we should use condoms at all times.
“Dr Walker also said that the number of false negatives is likely to rise over time.”
As we get into the years where the virus is going to be a bigger problem, then the false positives will probably continue to increase,” he pointed out.
With this, he hopes that more research will be undertaken to determine how much is actually being passed on from infected people to uninfected people.