|Testing - technique flawed?
Aug 24, 2006
I am a huge fan of yours - rarely have I seen such witty and yet at the same time helpful comments posted on any website. Most of the sites I have seen seem to be all doom and gloom. Keep up the good work!
Please help me with my query. I did an Oraquick test (for Hiv 1&2) - 12 weeks after a possible exposure. The result was negative, however I am not sure I did it properly.
I know you are meant to swab the outside of your upper and lower gums completely ONCE. I actually swabbed most of the upper gum and then part of the lower gum. Then the nurse said it works best if wet, so I then removed the stick from my mouth - licked my upper and lower gums with my tongue and then swabbed quite hard on the outside of part of my upper gum for a second or 2.
Is it possibe that by licking my gums I placed saliva there - ie might have swabbed mainly sailva. And does it negate the test if you rub the stick in one part of your gum?
Many thanks in advance,
| Response from Dr. Frascino
No worries man. Your technique will not affect the results of your OraQuick test. Your negative 12-week result is definitive and conclusive. Stop worrying and start WOO-HOO-ing, OK?
Stay well. Congrats!
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