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Anonymous
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6 week oraquick
      #157133 - 07/12/05 03:44 PM

I have read a lot of remarks about a 6 week ELISA being a good indicator of your status. Is a 6 week negative oraquick rapid HIV 1/2 test as good as an ELISA? I know I still need to test at 90 days

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Re: 6 week oraquick new
      #157152 - 07/13/05 03:26 AM

I was actually a part of the initial {double-blind} testings of the oraquick system here in Portland, Oregon before the company moved to Pennsylvania. The oraquick is {OTC}over the counter, that you can purchase anywhere, swab your mouth and get an immediate response. It is not as good as ELISA but it is a good first test and resonably priced. If you test negative, be happy and go your way and sin no more. if you test positive with orasure, then and only then is more testing warrented just to make sure.

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Re: 6 week oraquick new
      #157178 - 07/13/05 05:47 PM

you are negative. Stop testing. the new, 4th gen tests are accurate in a matter of days. 3-4 weeks is more than sufficient.

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jake_the_shake
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Re: 6 week oraquick new
      #157182 - 07/13/05 07:29 PM

if I'm not mistaken, the oraquick test is not an oral test, it's a bloodtest (finger prick). In any case, an overwhelming majority of people test positive in under a month (95%) and everyone by 6 weeks. The 12/13 week window is outdated and not to be considered.

You're fine.

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SteveR
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Re: 6 week oraquick new
      #157229 - 07/14/05 10:12 AM

I don't think that's true -- antibody tests, even the newest ones, are not accurate "in a matter of days." A six-week test is a good indicator, but the tests that confirm a positive ELISA -- and that are necessary for a positive HIV diagnosis -- are not as sensitive and can take longer to become positive. That's why people are told to wait three months. For a definitive test result, three months is still essential.

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Re: 6 week oraquick new
      #157423 - 07/18/05 10:26 AM

The oraquick test that I took was a blood finger prick one. I did not have my mouth swabbed. So is this as accurate as an ELISA?

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_tylox99_
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Re: 6 week oraquick new
      #157424 - 07/18/05 10:43 AM

Also, called my supplier (I'm a pharmacist) not even available in a retail sense yet. This is the supplier who covers Walgreens and CVS so they are quite large.

I'm not even certain it's going to be OTC, though I cannot find any information so don't quote me.



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