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Blood Sample For Rapid Test Not Collected Quickly Enough

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Is quick processing of blood sample important?

I recently got an ELISA test (negative) approx 8 weeks after a potential exposure to HIV. I know it was probably a little bit early so I am going to have another one at 3 months.In the meantime I am wondering if it is important that the ELISA test...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
I would assume that the hospital where you had your blood drawn has a specific protocol for specimen collection, storage, and delivery, and hopefully they adhere to that. The lab at my job does not deliver specimens for HIV testing that have been... Read more »

How safe are HIV rapid tests?

Dear Doctor Bob,I want to confirm how completely safe HIV rapid test kits are.The HIV rapid test... Read more »

HIV Rapid Test Kit Question -- Donation Given to your Aids Foundation

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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...Similar to at-home pregnancy tests, consumers would be able get these preliminary results at home without having to mail in a blood specimen (as is required by the Home Access test that is currently available). Such a test has not yet been... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

HIV Testing

...test results due to changes in their immune system. In rare cases, HIV test results can be unclear or "indeterminate." Another blood sample is taken for additional testing. The Bottom Line HIV testing generally looks for HIV antibodies in... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Immune System Could Be Used to Test for TB

...tuberculosis would be a major step forward," said Dr. Jason Stout of Duke University Medical Center. Stout and colleagues collected blood samples from 71 individuals who were TB-free, had active TB, or had latent TB. The team stimulated an... Read more »
The Well Project

What Is HIV?

...about HIV testing and refer you to testing sites in your area. You can also purchase a kit that allows you to collect your own blood sample at home, send it to a lab for testing, and receive the results anonymously. Although home HIV tests are... Read more »
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RNA testing,

Posted by nomoreworry4me
...Most private doctors can provide RNA testing, but the patient will pay a fee. How is RNA testing done? RNA testing requires a blood sample. Finger stick or rapid versions are not yet available. Can you get an RNA test along with a rapid HIV... Read more »

accuracy of different kinds of tests

Posted by JillianB, 2 Replies
...Is one type of HIV test any more accurate than the other? I had a rapid test done (not the oral one, the one that uses a blood sample, sorry I don't know the name) at 7 weeks and plan to have the same test done at 13 weeks. I just read a post by... Read more »

Rapid test

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply

Am I Ok?

Posted by James74, 1 Reply
...girl, deep, frotation with pants on and fingered her vagina for some time (no penetration). I was tested with the rapid whole blood sample home test on week 10, 13, 14 and 15 and received negative test results; on week 15, I used 2 tests from... Read more »