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mike2007
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RAPID TEST ACCURACY?
      #233972 - 11/27/07 12:21 PM

Hi...I am just wondering how much I can count on the results of the Oraquick 20 min rapid test. I was tested at 6 weeks and again yesterday at 8 weeks at the clinic. Results were negative on both tests. I will get tested again at 13 weeks...but I am wondering how much I can trust that test. Also, can the person doing the test mess it up somehow and get a false result? Or is that not a concern. As I said...I will test again at 13 weeks, but do you think the result is likely to change from neg to pos from the 8 week test to the 13 weeks? Thanks!

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Re: RAPID TEST ACCURACY? new
      #233979 - 11/27/07 05:55 PM

There is alot of data out there about testing and types of tests. From what I have read, the tests are very accurate when antibodies are present. The limited factor is how long it takes to produce them, keeping in mind that everyone is not the same. This site as well as most of the posters here indicates that 13 weeks is a conclusive result, to cover those that do not convert in the 6-8 weeks that you often hear about. Chances are in you favor that you will continue to test negative later, but do wait atleast 13 weeks before you consider your self to be free of infection.

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