|In as little as twenty minutes...
Jul 1, 2007
Dear Dr. Bob, This website, and much of the forum content, kept me from going completely insane while I waited out the window period. I took an OraQuick HIV 1/2 test 83 days after an unprotected encounter with a heterosexual white female. I am a heterosexual white male, 20 years old, in college, circumcised... it was highly unlikely I contracted the virus, but I'm evidently a hypochondriac. My question, though, is about the OraQuick test. If the reading is clear after 20 minutes, is it possible that the reading could change after 30-40 minutes? I'm assuming that if the test is reactive and positive, both lines would show up at the same time. If there is a possibility that one shows up and the other takes more time, then I'll go get an ELISA. The reason I ask is because I went to a youth clinic near my school, it's HIV Testing Week, and the place was mildly busy. They seemed to be pushing the 20 minute mark a bit. Basically, I don't have HIV. I know. I would like to think that the FDA would catch something like this, but bureaucracy has a way of overlooking the details. So, I figured I'd ask about the basic mechanics of the OraQuick test. Thanks for your dedication and patience with all of us worried wells. Alex C.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
Relax, Alex! Your test is conclusive and definitive. I agree you don't have HIV! No additional HIV testing is warranted. What is warranted, however, is that you stock up on latex condoms and water-based lube to prevent future bouts of post-sex panic!
Stay safe. Stay well.
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