|Oraquick off the shelves???
Dec 28, 2005
I need your help. I had taken an orasure oral test at 4 months and then took a oraquick oral test at a little after five months - just to be sure. Both were negative. I thought all of this was behind me (possible exposure, kissing, being fingered - possibly with pre, and recieving oral). Now i read on the internet that a couple of clinics in NYC and California are not using the oraquick anymore because there were a lot of false-positives and they are unsure of its reliability...well if their are false-pos. isn't it possible that there could be just as many false negatives? I am terrified - i thought I did the right thing by being tested and now I find out that I maybe should have gone for a blood test...what should i do? The clinic offered me the orasure tests,,,,please help!
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Relax. There is no reason for even minimal worry, let alone being "terrified." There is a world of difference between false positive and false negatives. There are no reports of problems with "false negatives" using OraSure/OraQuick. Negative rapid oral tests are considered definitive. Only "positive" rapid tests need confirmation by standard serology. Your tests are accurate. You are negative. No further testing or intervention is warranted or recommended, OK?
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