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I am looking for any info on the accuracy of the oraquick home test at the 6 week mark?
Has anyone heard of getting a negitive result at 6 weeks then later a positive result? I know the recommendation for testing until 12 weeks is conclusive but just wondering as to the estimates of accuracy prior to 12weeks
The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test can give you accurate results 3 months from exposure. Most people will develop antibodies to HIV within this period of time.
If you test within 3 months of possible exposure and the result is negative, you may want to repeat the test at least 3 months after the possible exposure.
Ninety-seven (97) percent of people develop antibodies within the first 3 months after infection. In rare cases, it can take up to 6 months.
Just take your conclusive test. Life doesn't stop while you are waiting to test keep active and stop searching HIV. .
That's the best advice you could get. While testing for HIV certainly produces anxiety, in the grand scheme of things, 3 months is not a long time.
There are all kinds of tests in the medical world that take time. It just is what it is. The best thing you can do is stay busy and not overthink it, and stop searching the internet. That causes more anxiety...as does testing multiple times. There is just no need.
And the 97% isn't old information...it's to take into consideration the very small population of people who are severely immunocompromised, for example, people on chemo, people taking anti-rejection meds after an organ transplant...those kinds of things. Those people are advised to test out to 6 months, due to their immune system being close to non-functional. Of course, for you, that isn't a concern. 3 months is conclusive for you.
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