|RE false negative now positive
Mar 25, 2006
As a provider of the Ora Quick test you can not get an indeterminate result. There are only three ways to read the strip. It can be positive, negative or invalid. An invalid test means you can not read a result. It can be caused by human error or the test kit has a problem. In this case you must run a second test.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Correct you are! I was assuming the questioner's test was not able to be read, which would be considered "invalid" for this testing technique. Because it is neither clearly positive nor clearly negative, some folks refer to this as an "indeterminate" test, i.e. unable to determine if it's positive or negative. Although, as you mention, this terminology is technically incorrect for this testing assay.
Thanks for helping to clarify the issue!
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