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HIV Test is giving sporadic results

Oct 21, 2012

Hi, I had a broken condom case about 3 and a half months ago, and yesterday, I went to a test centre and the lady that performed the test told me that she saw a clear bar in the control segment, and a very faint bar in the test segment of the hiv test kit, and advised that I come back in 6 months, saying that she was not sure of my status, even though she wrote down negative.She claimed that it was most likely that I just started developing the virus. In anxiety I left, and went to another test centre where the specialist performed the test with two different kits, and I tested negative on both kits, but I am really scared because I called the lady's office later, and her boss said that she knew what she was doing. I am in Nigeria, and we are about to resume a new university session, adn I really want to concentrate. Please explain to me clearly what is going on. Thank You.

Response from Mr. Cordova

Hi there:

Rapid tests indicate that a preliminary positive can be determined when a red line, no matter how faint, is detected in the test line area. If a rapid test comes back preliminary positive, then a confirmatory Western Blot is always done. If this person advised you to come back after she said she read the test as preliminary positive then I don't think she knew what she was doing.

You are outside the three month window. I would feel confident in the results of the two negative rapid tests you received. Good luck with your studies.

In health,


rna for early diagnosis
dr,richard pls clear my doubt

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