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Rapid test conclusive enough?
Nov 10, 2012

I live in Hong Kong. My English isn't good,hope doctor can understand this...thanks!!

I have unprotected sex before. And experienced most of the symptoms,like fever over 38 degree c(few days)... diarrhoea(last for a month)...sore throat...loss weight(loss5kg,from 57kgwithin a month)

But it came out negative with the Rapid test(finger prick)(at week 9&12)(in a health centre)... Is it conclusive? Is it possible that rapid test can't detect my antibodies ? Should I do the test in somewhere else?or other kind of test ,like the traditional blood test?

I am very worry...

Thank you for answering!!

Response from Dr. Wohl

Rapid HIV tests are very good. There can be some user error but that is unlikely in a health care center. If you really remain worried, you can have a blood test done. I suspect this will also be negative, indicating you are NOT HIV infected. THen if you remain unwell you should look for another diagnosis.

DW



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