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Accuracy of Rapid HIV Test
Apr 25, 2012

Hello,

Over a year ago, I engaged in unprotected sex (I am female). Because I had no proof of either of these partners' HIV status, I became worried. I had a blood test done at a doctor's office 6 weeks after possible exposure (if there was any) and it was negative.

A year later (about a week ago) I went to get a rapid HIV blood test done at a local clinic - also negative. Since learning of my HIV negative status, I have learned that I have moderate dysplasia and developed a vaginal infection after the colposcopy. This has brought on my worries that perhaps the rapid HIV test was incorrect.

I was tested well beyond the possible "window" period - can I rely on the rapid HIV results?

Thanks, Worried Well

Response from Mr. Cordova

Hi, Worried Well:

You can rely on your test results.

In health,

Richard



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