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Can I woo-hoo?

Jan 22, 2007

Hi Dr. Rob,

I just want a few things cleared from my head. I had 2 Oraquick rapid tests at 4 months and 6 months of possible exposure. They were both negative.

Now, I came across an article that Oraquick tests sometimes give false-negative results. Is that true? Can Oraqiuick effectively detect HIV 2?

Can I woo-hoo or do I need to get tested again?

Please help me.

Also, I am a big fan of you and the hard work you have put in helping people. Can you tell me how to donate for such a noble cause?


a fan

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello Fan,

OraQuick, like other rapid tests, can have some "false-positive" results, which is why any positive screening test requires a confirmatory, more specific test, such as a Western Blot or IFA. "False-negative" tests are not a problem. A negative OraQuick is a definitive negative, unless the test was conducted during the first three months post exposure ("window period").

No further testing is warranted. Your WOO-HOO is official and Dr. Bob-certified. HIV is not your problem. No way. No how. Donation information for The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation can be found on the foundation's Web site at

Be well. Stay well.

Dr. Bob

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