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I just had a negative oraquick swab at 5 weeks. But I am not sure if it was done right. I first put it inside my left cheek and then put in in the upper gums between my teeth and lips then she made me move it all around. There was some saliva on it when i was done. I am not sure if I did it right. Is this negative a correct result?
For one you didn't have a swab for an Oraquick test. Oraquick test is a blood test.
The OraQuick Rapid HIV-1 Antibody Test checks for HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS, in a person’s blood. The test detects antibodies to HIV-1 found in blood specimens obtained by fingerstick or venipuncture. As is true of all HIV screening tests, a reactive test result needs to be confirmed by an additional, more specific test.
When testing a fingerstick specimen, the fingertip is cleaned with alcohol and pricked with a lancet (needle) to get a small drop of blood. The blood is collected with a specimen loop and transferred to a small plastic vial containing a premeasured volume of developing solution, into which the sample is mixed. The testing process is the same for a whole blood specimen obtained by venipuncture. The specimen loop is inserted into the tube of blood after the tube has been inverted to ensure the blood is well mixed. The loop is then inserted into the test vial. Results of the test can be read in as little as 20 minutes.
How about the Oraquick Advance HIV 1/2 test it can be used with or fluids or blood?
The test is void to begin with. If you would look at OraSure Tech site they tell you a negative may not be a true negative if the test was done before 3 months. If the test was done earlier than 3 months you should retest.
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