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Rapid Testing And Fingerstick Blood Collection

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U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Supervised Blood-Based Self-Sample Collection and Rapid Test Performance: A Valuable Alternative to the Use of Saliva by HIV Testing Programs With No Medical or Nursing Staff

Some saliva-based HIV testing initiatives, the authors wrote, "have resulted in an unacceptable percentage of false positives," while in many countries doctors or nurses are required for blood-based HIV testing programs. In the current study, the... 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 »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

People With Access to Rapid HIV Tests More Likely to Get Tested, Collect Results, Study Says

People with access to rapid HIV tests are more likely to get tested and collect their results than people with access to traditional testing, according to a study presented this week by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at the XVI... Read more »
Ask the Experts

HIV, sperm and fingerstick

Hi, Im concerned I may have been exposed to HIV. I was wondering that if a person ejaculated and left residuals of semen in a doorknob and I touched the doorknob three or four minutes later with a little cut in my finger, could HIV be transmitted...
Shannon Southall

Response from Shannon Southall

Rocky Mountain CARES
HiGetting HIV from casual contact is not possible. HIV begins to die once it is outside of the body. Direct body fluid exchange is the only way for HIV transmission to occur. The cut on the hand needs to be a significant wound and freshly opened and... Read more »

Orasure - enough sample collected?

Dr. Holodniy,Ryan,I had a quick question about Orasure. How much tissue sample or oral mucosal transudate (OMT) is required to make this test accurate? Is it possible to put the collection device in your mouth for 2-3 minutes but not collect...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
That time is more than enough time collect enough oral fluid.... Read more »

Blood Collection Time

I have had 2 blood tests in the last 12 months where the blood draw was at 9:00 AM and arrived to the lab 8 hours later. Both times my CD4 absolute and percent have been considerably lower than other times when the blood arrived to the lab a lot...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
It is unlikely that this time delay alone would have resulted in such dramatic changes.... Read more »

Lab worker didn't use gloves to collect my blood.

Hi. I was hoping I could get some help with my question.I was having my blood collected for a diabetes test (the one in which you have your blood collected a few times within each one hour). None of the times the person collecting my blood wore...
Erik Glenn, M.A.

Response from Erik Glenn, M.A.

Chicago Black Gay Mens Caucus
Thanks for your question,If you have OCD, that's a point for us to keep in mind throughout this question..There is no risk from the situation you're describing. The person collecting your blood would've needed a significant amount of... Read more »
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blood collection holder

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
When i got tested for HIV, I noticed that the holder for the vacium test tube had a speck of blood on it. When I questioned the technician, she said that it was just a holder and that speck would not go inside me. I was sure the needle used was new... Read more »

Risk of hiv by Vacutainer Blood Collection System

Posted by sinso
My anxiety its Killing Me.
When i went to take my test for my past interocuorse the nurse use a vacutainer System.
As you know The Vacutainer System consists of a doubleDouble-tussin dm-pointed needle, a plastic holder or adapter and a series of... Read more »

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 blood testing

Posted by Anon431, 1 Reply
I had unprotected anal intercourse with a few different partners. While I understand the risk involved with that decision, I have been tested multiple times in my attempt to move on and lead a healthy sexual life. Two months after my encounters, I... Read more »