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JillianB
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Oraquick test vs. ELISA
      #181471 - 03/21/06 04:27 PM

Okay help... now I'm getting worried again. I tested negative via the Oraquick rapid test(fingerstick), and was feeling good about that... except that I've now read more than 1 post from people who say their oraquick test results were negative, but ELISA positive. What the hell... is it as accurate or not? I've read about false-positives, but not false negatives unless the person was still inside the window period. great... back to being worried again(worried being a huge understatement)

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LoneRanger
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Re: Oraquick test vs. ELISA new
      #181479 - 03/21/06 05:06 PM

I think it has to do with the timing, not the test. For example, someone might take an ELISA at 4 weeks with negative results, and have a true positive Oraquick at 6 weeks.

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Re: Oraquick test vs. ELISA new
      #181480 - 03/21/06 05:07 PM

I would worry more about those rapid test if it was positive ! I think you will be ok. was the test you took the 20 minute result ? can you tell us about the procedure ? I have not taken those tests yet

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Re: Oraquick test vs. ELISA new
      #181481 - 03/21/06 05:10 PM

they have this down to a science now and they know what they are doing. the olny problem with those rapid tests is you go home with a positive but they still have to do a western blot test to make sure you are positive. that's why I still like the old fashion Elisa test wait 2 weeks come in for a result.

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Re: Oraquick test vs. ELISA new
      #181486 - 03/21/06 05:45 PM

Oh Jillian...I thought you were long gone, as you should be. Try to calm down. If it makes you feel better, go for a blood draw...that is what I do. It takes 2 days for my results to come back. It is the Elisa hiv1/hiv2. Hang in there..I am sure you are going to be just fine!

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Re: Oraquick test vs. ELISA new
      #181500 - 03/21/06 06:53 PM

Jillian,
Don't worry, you are correct. Rapid tests are as sensitive and accurate as an ELISA. Just like an ELISA, it must be taken at the appropriate time (3 mos window period).
Soon, rapid tests will be the ONLY screening tests available at county health departments, STD clinics, and outreach centers. ELISAs will only be available through private doctors/ labs. Western Blots will continue to be used as confirmatory tests only...


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Re: Oraquick test vs. ELISA new
      #181518 - 03/21/06 08:41 PM

in my case they think i had my oraquick done too soon. you cant judge by what happened to someone else. all situations are different. could have been taken too early or whatever the case may have been.
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Anonymous
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Re: Oraquick test vs. ELISA new
      #181566 - 03/22/06 01:10 AM

Jillian,

To me a problem with a test is still a problem. When it comes to this there is no room for error. I'm sure that you will be ok, I myself took the old fashioned Eliza, been around for 20 yrs.

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LoneRanger
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Re: Oraquick test vs. ELISA new
      #181605 - 03/22/06 09:32 AM

Okay now, I took the Oraquick 'fingerstick' test at 10 weeks and came back negative. With all this being said, I'm thinking if I should take another Oraquick 'fingerstick' test at the 13wks, or have a blood draw (ELISA)... Any comments?

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Re: Oraquick test vs. ELISA new
      #181607 - 03/22/06 09:42 AM

hi

regards from india

Relax jillian, your oraquick result is highly accurate, provided you tested at 12 or more weeks post your exposure.

Rapid tests are right up there with Elisa's in terms of accuracy.

Trust your results.

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Anonymous
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Re: Oraquick test vs. ELISA new
      #181936 - 03/23/06 04:20 PM

It did not have to do with timing!!!! The person said: the test were taken the same day!!! I'm in a similar situation, Tested negative at 16 months with Rapid Test. Planning my dead now... Seriously...

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JillianB
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Re: Oraquick test vs. ELISA new
      #181951 - 03/23/06 05:11 PM

I don't think you have anything to worry about after 16 months. I assume we're both talking about Daisey... it's true that she tested negative with the rapid test and positive with the ELISA on the same day, but at around 3.5 months she took another rapid test which was faint positive. For whatever reason, the rapid test didn't seem to be sensitive enough to pick up the antibodies that the ELISA did on that day. By 16 months, however, any test will be able to pick up the antibodies your body would have made. Relax, you're negative,

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Anonymous
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Re: Oraquick test vs. ELISA new
      #182377 - 03/25/06 06:30 PM

Too soon? When did you have your oraquick done?

I had oraquick finger sticks done at 5, 9 and 17 weeks. All were negative, but reading these posts, I am very concerned. I continue to have odd symptoms, perhaps psychological...

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