|OraQuick - To believe or not to believe...
Aug 20, 2005
Quick question (no pun intended): After a potential exposure 6 months ago, my boyfriend got tested for HIV @ a clinic where they utilized the OraQuick method. They collected an oral sample (swabbing upper-and-lower gums) from him, tested, and the result came back negative - hurrah! However, this seems questionable. Is this method reliable? Am I able to relax now following a stress-filled 6 months? Thanks in advance for your speedy response (hint-hint)! You're the bestest!
| Response from Dr. Frascino
In fact, my response was so speedy, it was waiting for you at the time you posted your question. All you had to do was check the archives! There you'll find multiple similar questions, always with the same response. OraQuick is FDA approved and has a sensitivity and specificity exceeding 99%. Negative tests are regarded as definitive; positive tests need confirmation by standard serology. And now we have yet another response with the same information from your friendly Department of Redundancy Department.
Stay well. Congrats!
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Oraquick At 4 Months Post Exposure
- How Long Does Hiv Fever Last?
- How Long Until You Feel The First Symptoms Of Hiv?
- Odds Of Having Hiv With No Symptoms
- How Do U Distinguish A Regular Lump In Ur Armpit From An Hiv Lump?
- Why Would Someone Have An Indeterminate Hiv Test And Then It Be Negative?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.