|Bleeding Gums During Oral Test
Jan 26, 2014
I went to the health department today and got a rapid oral test. Swabbing my gums apparently made them start bleeding. Any risk from this? I don't really know that much about how the oral tests work (it was oraquick) so not sure if they use any actual virus. Seems like I read that the tests use the antigen, but I don't know if the antigen can infect a person. Would you mind explaining how the oral tests work and whether there's any risk from taking an oral test when your gums are bleeding? Thanks.
| Response from Dr. Wohl
No, there is no risk of getting HIV from an HIV test. There is no virus used in testing.
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