What if I tested “Positive” on the Lyme Disease Test, but I do not have symptoms, nor have I travelled to an area with these ticks?
False-positives (tests that are positive, but the person does not actually have the infection) are more common if only the first step of the testing, the EIA, is performed. Having the second confirmatory step decreases false positive results, but nothing can take that down to 0%. False positives can happen when your body is fighting off another infection caused by other bacteria or viruses, such as syphilis, HIV, and mononucleosis. It is also important to note that the diagnosis of Lyme includes clinical evaluation based on symptoms and confirmed with lab testing – not the other way around.