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San Francisco AIDS Foundation

HIV Testing

...WB, IFA tests for the presence of antibodies in a blood sample. The exact strategy is slightly different in that it uses a microscope. It can be faster than a WB, so the few labs that use it can get results to the patient more quickly. Rapid Tests for HIV Rapid testing for HIV has become one of the most prominent ways that people receive HIV tests today. In as little as 20 minutes, you can find out your HIV status. Rapid tests work...
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The accuracy of OraQuick/Orasure? Cant even mini woo hoo?? (RELIABILITY OF ORAQUICK ORAL TESTS, 2009)

Hi Dr Bob,I just did a rapid OraQuick or Orasure, not sure. The doc swabbed my lower and upper gums, not sure if they swabbed my cheeks, but he swabbed it very quick (I am sure not more than 1-2min) and I am not sure if it more than 1 min and I have...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Both the OraQuick and OraSure tests are made by OraSure Technologies. I've discussed the accuracy of these rapid tests multiple times in this forum. 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 kit I used is a immunochromatographic assay that uses recombinant proteins as the HIV antigen of HIV 1&2 which is planted on the sample pad. The way it...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...with the FDA approved Home Access test kit. I coudn't wait for my third month so I got this HIV rapid test kit instead for a quick 20 minutes result (which I regret now).I am very deeply worried and have been stressing about what occured.... Read more »

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

Hello Dr. Bob, Sorry for the repititious question today, as I have not received an answer yet so I thought of donating to your Aids Foundation.I have ordered an HIV rapid test kit. As I am in a remote area right now, I had to get a HIV rapid test...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Your fears are unwarranted. It is absolutely impossible to contract HIV from any type of HIV diagnostic test! (They would be far too dangerous to ever be approved!)Antigens are circulating proteins that combine in a lock-and-key-type reaction... Read more »

Follow up question...

Hi Dr. Bob,It's Mr. Liberal who posted the '20 minute oral rapid test vs. blood test' accuracy question the other day.Anxiety put off my testing until this week, but I now have the time set to go in tomorrow (Wednesday afternoon) for the Orasure...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...negative. I'm extremely confident it will. I'll look forward to WOO-HOO-ing with you tomorrow!Good luck.Dr. BobRapid 20 minute OraQuick Nov 4, 2009Dr. Frascino,Instead of having blood drawn, can I go for the OraQuick 20 minute rapid 'gum... Read more »
Project Inform

IRIS: A Concern for People Starting HIV Therapy

...can also occur in people who restart their meds after a time being off them. IRIS happens when your immune system recovers too quickly. It can start to "overwork" and respond to other infections that may or may not have been diagnosed before... Read more »
The Well Project

Women, Anemia and HIV/AIDS

...unnoticed. Symptoms usually increase as anemia gets worse. Symptoms include: Severe fatigue (tiredness) Difficulty breathing Rapid heart rate Pale skin Decreased pinkness of the lips, gums, lining of the eyelids, nail beds, and palms ... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet


...cut out surgically. What Causes NHL? NHL is caused by long-term stimulation of the immune system. When B-cells multiply quickly for many years, more mutations occur. Some of these mutations cause cancer. About 4% of people with symptoms of... Read more »
Project Inform

Mycobacterium Avium Complex (MAC)

...for an individual. Treating MAC infection requires several drugs because no one drug by itself is effective. MAC bacteria can quickly become resistant to a drug and to other drugs in the same family. Combination therapy is more effective and may... Read more »
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No rapid test is as good as ELISA.

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
...Do some research about the way the tests works. No rapid test will ever be as accurate as ELISA. For example, the rapid test uses just one or two drops of blood. The ELISA uses a lot 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. Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
...week. 3 months later, i tested for hiv through elisa and thank God it was negative. 4.5 months later, i tested for hiv using rapid test and it was again negative. 5.5 months later i tested for hiv using rapid test again and it was negative... Read more »

How Accurate is a Rapid Test?

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
...Does anyone know how accurate the OraQuick blood drop test is? Can this test be trusted? Read more »