|What are my chances?
Oct 2, 2008
I recently took an oral quick test at a local clinic and it came back reactive. I am somewhat sexually active but have always had safe sex - receptive and insertive. I do not know of any instances where the condom broke. I had a fever the other night but it broke. My question - is there a chance I'm fighting off another virus and the antibodies from that are being picked up? Thanks!
| Response from Dr. Frascino
If indeed you've "always had safe sex" and the latex condom condoms never failed, your HIV-acquisition risk would be negligible to nonexistent. HIV cannot permeate intact latex.
Your positive oral rapid test is most likely a false positive. All positive rapid tests are considered to be only "preliminarily positive" and require confirmation from a more specific test, such as a Western Blot or immunofluorescence assay (IFA) before the entire HIV test can be deemed a true positive.
Hopefully, your local clinic is running your confirmatory test now. I would strongly anticipate it will be negative. Please note a positive rapid test plus a negative Western Blot is considered to be a negative HIV test!
You can read much more about false-positive HIV tests in the archives.
Good luck! I'm here if you need me, OK?
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