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Risk associated with taking an Oral Rapid HIV Test

Feb 7, 2010

Rapid Oral HIV Test: 1. Is there ANY risk of contracting HIV by taking one of these rapid oral HIV tests? 2. Can the HIV antigen which is part of the device infect someone? 3. Is the HIV antigen which is part of the device ... is it dead HIV? 4. If dead, is it true that it is not infectious? 5. IE, can the HIV antigen that has been painted on the device a couple inches from the swab end travel down the device to the swab end as the swab is getting wet from collecting the oral mucosal transudate when rubbing the gums during collection? (I ask because the device; such as Orasure's Oraquick; has HIV antigen added to it a couple of inches from the swab collecting end. The swabbed oral mucosal transudate, added to buffer solution, travels by osmosis laterally to the painted on HIV antigen section). 6. Is there any chance the HIV could be on the swab?

Response from Dr. Frascino


No, of course not.

No, of course not.

No, it's a protein component of HIV.

It is noninfectious.

No, even if you ate the swab, there would be no risk of acquiring HIV!

No, of course not.

Dr. Bob

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