Feb 27, 2001
Are there any documented cases of false negative HIV tests because of errors in the procedures of the labs. If yes, how frequent could this happen? I had my HIV test in a small private lab in my village, where I don't think they do many HIV tests. Could I still trust the negative result 8 months after possible exposure?
Response from Dr. Feinberg
Most of the time I have encountered inaccurate tests results (usually when the result is + but it is unlikely to be true), the cause has been a clerical error in the lab, rather than the way the test was run. If you're concerned, then buy a home test kit or get retested where they use a larger lab.
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