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one positive rapid test followed by 10 negative rapid test..

Dear sir i am very much thankful to your forum. My question is i had unprotected frottage with a sex girl in bangkok. When i returened to india i took two rapid test at 3rd and 6th week after exposure and the results came back negative. AT...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Frottage is not considered a risk for HIV transmission/acquisition.Your positive eight-week test was undoubtedly a "false positive," as evidenced by your multiple subsequent negative tests. You've had 10 negative rapid tests... Read more »

Follow-up question regarding HIV, sperm and fingerstick

Dear Shannon, no matter I had a bleeding 10 min old fingerprick? So, I can't get HIV from... Read more »

HIV, sperm and fingerstick

Hi, Im concerned I may have been exposed to HIV. I was wondering that if a person ejaculated and... Read more »

Innovative Rapid HIV Test Appears to Detect Acute HIV; OraQuick Rapid Saliva Tests Found to Be Not Very Accurate for High Risk Testers

My name's Chris Pilcher and I'm a HIV researcher from UCSF [University of California, San Francisco]. I'm principally interested in HIV diagnostics and particularly in detecting and managing acute HIV infection. The poster is appropriately titled,... Read more »

Rapid HIV Antibody Testing May Have Limitations in a Population With High Incidence of HIV

My name is Dr. Joanne Stekler. I'm an acting assistant professor at the University of Washington. I also work for Public Health Seattle and King County. This is a poster entitled "Limitations of HIV Antibody Testing in a Population with a High... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CDC, FDA Warn About Fingerstick Devices

CDC and the Food and Drug Administration have issued a joint warning against the reuse of fingerstick and point-of-care (POC) blood testing devices. The agencies report they have documented an increasing number of blood-borne infections,... Read more »

How Accurate Are Rapid HIV Tests? Study Finds Blood Tests Slightly More Accurate Than Oral Tests

Rapid HIV tests perform slightly worse when testing oral samples in comparison to blood, according to a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases on Jan. 24. Researchers from Canada, led by Nitika Pant Pai, M.D., of McGill... Read more »
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Question about the rapid test and how i got it

Posted by endlsskys, 1 Reply
I went in on thursday and got a rapid test done they said that I was HIV positive but needed to do a conferm test. So I am waiting on that so two weeks. My partner knows and is a little worried he might have given to me because he has cheated on me.... Read more »

rapid tests vs. ELISA (Dr. Bob's answer!!)

Posted by JillianB, 2 Replies
I asked Dr. Bob a question regarding the reliability of rapid tests compared to the ELISA, because of a couple of posts on here that have had me, and a couple othes, worried... so here you go, ww's, I hope Dr. Bob's answer makes you feel better and... Read more »

about rapid testing

Posted by tammy, 5 Replies
The 1,900 people who took a rapid HIV test at Toronto's Hassle Free clinic are being urged to get themselves rechecked after a new study showed the test is faulty.

Initial studies showed the rapid-method test was reliable, but after it was put into... Read more »

Rapid test

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Mass says 6 week window period for a hiv blood test but 3 months for a rapid test. I thought they [rapid test] was the same sensitivity. I think its just the way it was certified.
Does anyone have any insite into this window period? Read more »