Jul 31, 2007
I tested negative on the Oraquick swab test after a serious exposure (receptive anal from a HIV + partner). Can I Woohoo? The only strange thing about the test is that the doctor (at Highland hospital in Oakland) came back within 5 minutes of taking the swab and told me that it was negative. Is this accurate?
Message to other WW's : Dont wait to get tested and live in agony. My exposure was very serious and I did not test for 2 years and lived in fear. Now that I tested positive, I wish I had tested 2 years ago. Please go get tested, in all probability, it will be negative..
Dr. Bob : You are a God ! HOw can I dinate money online? I would like to send $ 500..
Response from Dr. Frascino
OraQuick Oral Fluid Rapid Tests are FDA approved and are both highly sensitive and specific for diagnosing HIV infection. A negative test performed outside the window period is considered definitive and conclusive. Your exposure, "receptive anal sex with an HIV+ partner," is significant and consequently the CDC recommends you test out to the six-month mark. I'm assuming from your post that your exposure was two years ago. If that is the case, then your test recently would indeed be considered conclusive and "WOO-HOOable!"
The OraQuick HIV-1/HIV-2 oral fluid test takes about 20 minutes to perform. Your five-minute result sounds a bit quick to me. There are some five-minute rapid tests that are FDA approved the Reveal G2 (MedMira, Inc.), for example but these require plasma or serum and only screen for HIV-1. Perhaps you should call Highland Hospital and ask them exactly what assay they use and how long it takes to get a result. If your result was read prematurely, I assume they would repeat the test at no charge.
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