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HIV Rapid Test
Nov 30, 2007

Hi, I kissed a guy with HIV about 2 years ago. I had a cold sore and even though I have been told I cannot get it this way I still wanted to get tested so I recently did. MY Rapid (Blood-prick) test was negative. Then I had someone tell me that those tests always have false positives AND false negatives. Am I just being paranoid since I prob was not at risk to begin with? Please help so I can rest my mind!

Response from Dr. Conway

The licensed rapid tests are of high quality and high accuracy. They can produce false positive results and should always be confirmed with an appropriate blood test before a diagnosis of HIV infection is definitively made. However, if the result is negative it reliably excludes HIV infection unless a person has only recently been infected (perhaps in the last 3 months) and has yet to develop a measurable antibody response to HIV.

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