|Worry about rapid test results
Mar 21, 2011
Just starting dating for the first time in my life with a 23 year old guy and I'm 21. We started dating last year(2010) in June and he got tested before we slept together. He was negative - now when I get tested the rapid test shows a faint line for positive and they claim I'm positive. My boyfriend has also tested but he is negative. I have never slept with anybody except him. I was a virgin before him. Am I really positive? Will test again in June cause they said I should come back after six months. What could cause a faint line to appear in the test even though I'm not exposed to HIV?
| Response from Dr. Fawcett
False positives do occur with the rapid tests. Positive results are usually confirmed with a conventional ELISA and Western blot - this could give you a more definitive answer before June. Check with your physician and be certain to take sexual precautions until you are certain about your status. -David
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