I forgot to mention that I think the test they have done is a 4th generation test and I am still waiting for my results. Is this the correct test to confirm a postive self test?
It is not uncommon for home testing kits to yield a positive result since these kits can easily pick up antibodies that are not relevant to HIV.
This seems to be a clear case of false positive result. Negative result on your second test did validate the aforesaid.
I would suggest you to take it easy, you are going to be okay.
IV and V generation of HIV tests are very sensitive tests that detects Antibody and Antigen (P24) at the same time.
This test has been instrumental in reducing the window period to 4 week post exposure as compared to home testing kits that may require 12 week window to diagnose detectable amount of antibodies.
This test is at optimum on 28 days post exposure. However, when administered any time after that will also provide a definitive result. The reason this test reduces the window period is because of it's ability to detect p24 antigen in the subject's body that might usually peak between 10-14 days post infection. However, if there might be a slight delay in the sero-conversion, this ability will ensure antigen detection. If the body sero-converts normally, antibodies are almost always detected at 28 days.
In a nutshell, Curfew X has explained you, why this is the test you needed. I will reiterate, your result is probably going to be negative.
Hi i just wanted to follow up, i got my test results back from the 4th generation blood test and they were negative. However whilst i was waiting for the results, i sent a picture of both rapid tests i had taken to the company i brought them from and they replied saying that they were both showing weak lines indicating two reactive results.
Do the two prior positive rapid tests make the results of the 4th generation test less valid?
NO! Your 4th generation duo test is CONCLUSIVE. YOU DO NOT HAVE HIV.