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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