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06 Sep 10 LabCorp’s False Positive HIV Mistake of Egg Donor

LabCorp’s false positive HIV mistake will have long-lasting impact on Jim’s life. Here’s the email he sent me:

LabCorp HIV Test Mistake Causes Loss of Egg DonorMy wife and I cannot not have children on our own. That was devastating when we found out and it changed the course of our lives. Having babies is free right? Should be easy, right? Or so I thought.

Now, we were searching for solutions. Regardless of the sad news of us not able to conceive, we decided on egg donation. The reason why is so that my wife and I can experience the beauty of the birth experience. We also wanted to experience the joy of watching as a baby emerge from her womb, crying for protection, then quieting down when being cradled in my arms.

None of that would happen now. We used the services of Dr. Aykut Bayrak at the Pacific Reproductive Center in Glendale, Ca.  When getting ready forEgg Donor Denied Because Labcorp HIV Test Error IVF the donor must go through a series of blood test, one of them is HIV.

We had selected our donor from a website. I wanted my wife to select someone who looked just like her. We found a beautiful young lady named Amber, who looked like my wife when she in her 20’s. We thought we could not lose with Amber because she was an experienced donor, whose contributions resulted in several infants. We were excited and confident.

Then Labcorb came into the picture. When Amber’s blood test was given to Lab Corp for HIV testing the result came back Egg Donor Fertilization‘positive’. At first we were shocked!  With a result of being HIV resulted her being automatically canceled as our donor. So what is the real problem here. SHE WAS NOT HIV POSITIVE! When she re-took the test it showed that she was HIV negative. We were relieved for Amber, but the Lab Corp result cost us a couple thousand of dollars for Amber’s tests, medicine, and care during this process. All for naught. Because of Federal rules that any donor who tests positive for HIV cannot donate their eggs, even if she test HIV negative later métronidazole sans ordonnance.

So we were forced to search for another donor. We found one whose eggs eventually failed to produce. Amber was the perfect donor since she was experienced and had proven results. The donor was someone not experienced. With the second donor we ‘ordered’ the Dr. Bayrak not to use Lab Corp. If he refused, we would have fired him on the spot and simply found another fertility clinic to work with. He complied and another lab was used.

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The Lab Corp result may not have directly resulted in us not having children (so far), but three things for sure.

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(1) We lost a perfectly good donor in Amber,

(2) We had to financially start over with the same test, medicine, and care for the new donor,

(3) It crushed our spirit.

I will be sure to request any lab professional I deal with, from my doctor or any social worker, that if Lab Corp is involved in their testing, we will simply walk away.

Jim

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Reader's Comments

  1. |

    I am a medical technologist, one who does HIV tests. Tests can be positive as they are Screening tests only, with a more advanced test for confirmation needed.
    Testing is reported as presumptive HIV with a final only after confirmatory test is done. Only then is the test called positive. The first test is for antibodies to HIV, while the confirmatory test is for actual virus.
    All testing can carry false positives and that is why a confirmatory is done. False positives means the assay can detect all HIV and not miss one. If a test is set too low in parameters, it can give false negatives.
    SO it sounds correct protocol was done, and second test was negative – the final answer.
    Hopefully the person giving you the results knows the right conclusion.
    False positives are set low but ensure ALL of what you are searching for is catch with the screen. Tests set which have no false positives often miss some positive results. Confirmatory tests are required by law in order to give a final result.
    Why did you not wait on the results from her retest? Sounds like many factors are at play.
    Sorry you feel so wronged. Hopefully better days are ahead.

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    Excuse me with the bullshit, but I used to work as a lab tech. YOU GUYS REPORTED TO MY FERTILITY DOCTOR THAT MY DONOR WAS HIV POSITIVE.

    If she was positive most labs usually re-test the samples to make sure it’s true. Then if it is a false positive, the report comes back as HIV Negative. That did not happen!

    Because (1) you people reported her as HIV Positive. At that point, it does not matter. The FDA rules say that once a donor is POSTIVE, she can no longer donate, even if it is a False POSITIVE.

    I don’t feel wronged! I WAS WRONGED!
    Why did I not wait on the results from her retest? Don’t you dare point the finger at us! WE WERE WRONGED. You people run a mill over there and that is why sooooo many people think your company sucks!

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    I’m so glad I found this site.And to think I was about for a DNA paternity test with this company!I wish you much success Jim!Thats just DOWN RIGHT WRONG what they’ve done!

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    I am very sorry for you Jim. I was an egg donor who received a false positive and now my poor recipients have to go through the same thing. I will also say that on my side of things, not only is it devastating to find out you have HIV, or Syphilis in my case, but the strain it puts on your relationship and the way it makes you feel about yourself is absolutely unnecessary. I even went out and got treated right away, and let me tell you a Penicillin G shot feels like a huge tube of peanut butter is being injected into your thigh. So any unnecessary consequences just because of stupid mistake….. I am livid with LabCorp right now!

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    trust me….QUEST isn’t any better!!

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    We just drove across town to go to the only Labcorp location open on Saturday. The front door was locked 15 minutes early. When the last customer opened the door he told us that they can hear you in there, but, they are ignoring you. Then an employee came to the door and said we’re closed. We told them it is an urgent draw for a Tuesday doctor appointment for our five-year old. He did not care and insisted that he did not hear us knocking. The departing customer remained at the door and said he was lying. He said they closed the door almost 15 minutes earlier than the posted noon closing time. We pointed at the sign the showed the hours and that they do not close for five more minutes. He did not care. He recommended we come back tomorrow.. We explained that since this is the only location open on the weekend for the entire city we must drive across town twice. He said our computer shuts off at exactly 12:00 and that we are now out of time and shut the door. I can’t imagine the computer has such a rigid schedule, if it has one at all. He was very comfortable lying to us about not having heard the knocking as well as the computer lockout. He didn’t care at all how obvious his lying was or how bad the customer service. He was not concerned that if we complained to management they would know there is no computer lockout. Management must tolerate this behavior, especially since he works in the citiy’s main location with area management in the same office. Keep up the great work on this website. This is not the first time we have noticed the unacceptable practices that this company tolerates.

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    I did an RNA test with LABCorp, came back RNA detected with less than 20 viral load, their so called expert said I could be an elite controller and was selling me a DNA test. I went to my gp and tested for RNA at another lab, undetected. Labcorp knowing that I was a hypochondriac and had HIV anxiety, ocd on top of that, didn’t offer a retest. The lab I ordered the test from offered it for free under a different name, this time it came backuundetected. When I called labcorp to speak yo their experts, they realized real quick that it was me and made an outlandish claim yet again, stating I could be an elite controller, when my exposure was only 8 weeks back and my gp said you have to be positive for years before you can be classified as an elite controller. This lab and their so called experts are all useless, along with the bioscience lab that they use for testing. Go with Quest.

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    They told me there is no communication between the online appointment schedule program and the site. If this is true what is the point of using your scheduler. I was very disappointed by the receptionist . She told me I should have called to make sure they had the kit, that is an unreasonable assumption. She offered no assistance on contacting another labcorp site to see who had a kit.

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    Across the world, public health officials use different algorithms for testing of humans for the presence of what are thought of as ‘HIV proteins’. These algorithms aim to balance test specificity and sensitivity by using variations of the original test methodologies and differing commercially available tests. However, they all are premised upon the health professional’s perception of the ‘exposure risk’ of the client/patient, which is determined during pre-test dialogue in the clinic: how the test subject is positioned by the professional as ‘high’/‘low’ risk within a hierarchy of exposure categories.

    This means that the results of these tests are not based upon the identification of any biological retroviral entity, or even the biochemical reaction in the laboratory, but they are based on interpretation of the laboratory test signal in relation to the client’s/patient’s perceived probability of infection.

    The interpretation of indeterminate results is problematic given the possibility of false results, which are ruled out by estimating the risk of exposure (‘window period’) and the seroprevalence in the ‘risk population’ of the test subject based on what ‘risk behaviour’ the subject discloses to the health professional or which the latter surmises during the clinic interview.

    Since 1985, experience with these test algorithms has shown that the interpretation of the test ‘result’ is not wholly ‘objective’ i.e. the interpretation of the test result is not determined by what happens in the laboratory because it relies upon classifying the test subject as being ‘at risk’ during pre-test dialogue rather than the biochemical signal reaction in the ELISA or WB. This sort of information is generally not known by many health professionals who do not understand how ‘HIV tests’ are conducted and the premise of probability upon which they are based.

    Try Again.

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    They told me there is no communication between the online appointment schedule program and the site. If this is true what is the point of using your scheduler. I was very disappointed by the receptionist . She told me I should have called to make sure they had the kit, that is an unreasonable assumption. She offered no assistance on contacting another labcorp site to see who had a kit.

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    So we were forced to search for another donor. We found one whose eggs eventually failed to produce. Amber was the perfect donor since she was experienced and had proven results. The donor was someone not experienced. With the second donor we ‘ordered’ the Dr. Bayrak not to use Lab Corp. If he refused, we would have fired him on the spot and simply found another fertility clinic to work with. He complied and another lab was used.

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    It’s been a while since I wrote on this site, but on March 3, 2012, we gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.

    We managed to get the same donor! It was a beautiful. We used a Reproductive Center that had their own lab.

    Thank you all for the supportive letters.



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