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Testing result accuracy

Hi All,

I had a exposure.after 9.5 weeks I have done a rapid test and it came out negative. Can I be confident ?

I am following Dr.Hook as he explains as below:-


"As far as the varying recomendations, the difference in 98%, 99%, "most" and "all" are semantic. We get asked the same questions repeatedly, sometimes on the same day. Sometimes the words come out a little differently.  Don't get hung up by it.

Finally, with regard to testing time, I will paste in a comment I made to another client explaing the situation - "We get many questions about the meaning of HIV test results at different time points.  This is now confused by the availability of a variety of different types of tests.  The traditional and most widely used tests for HIV are tests for antibodies to HIV which are available both as so-called "rapid" or point of care tests which can be done in the clinic and laboratory based antibody tests. For all practical purposes both of these types of test perform comparably and provide accurate information on the presence or absence of HIV infection in virtually everyone at 8 weeks following exposure.  The recommendations for testing at 3 and even 6 months are the result of two factors- data from older tests no longer used (you really do not need to worry about which generation of tests you were tested with, at this time virtually all tests are far more sensitive that they were even 2-3 years ago when the 3 month recommendation was made) and secondly, the fact that some, mostly governmental agencies which have to provide recommendations for virtually everyone without the sort of interactions such as those you get with your doctor or on personalized sites such as this one, feel the cannot "afford" to be wrong and therefore make recommendations and guidelines which leave most people unnecessarily nervous for 4-6 weeks longer than the 6-8 weeks it takes virtually everyone to develop HIV antibodies."

Can I move on now.?
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3 month post exposure is when you can obtain a conclusive negative test result.
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There should be uniformity in comments in the forum.. now tell me whom I should trust...?
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Yeah there should, but that is life.
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So, do you expect the 9.5 negative result to get changed in 12th week..and that is the reason you are asking me to test again..correct ?
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I'm telling you to test again because there are no tests marketed or sold to give a conclusive negative test result earier than 3 months post exposure.
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For your kind information, there are so many countries who consider 6 weeks negative conclusive..how they can be that much sure if there was no fact?
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I don't care what other places say or do, this is a US Based Website and if you don't like the replies you recieve feel free to move on to another website.
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That is not the issue here..I was jst asking that Dr.Hook has told/replied to so many people saying eight weeks in more than enough..and that is in THIS WEBSITE..
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You find a test that is approved to give a conclusive test result earlier than 3 months and you post it.

http://www.oraquick.com/  

Warnings & Precautions
A positive result with this test does not mean that you are definitely infected with HIV, but rather that additional testing should be done in a medical setting.
A negative result with this test does not mean that you are definitely not infected with HIV, particularly when exposure may have been within the previous 3 months.
If your test is negative and you engage in activities that put you at risk for HIV on a regular basis, you should test regularly.
This product should not be used to make decisions on behavior that may put you at increased risk for HIV.

http://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm310542.htm

FDA aproved 7/12
Similarly, a negative test result does not mean that an individual is definitely not infected with HIV, particularly when exposure may have been within the previous three months. The test has the potential to identify large numbers of previously undiagnosed HIV infections especially if used by those unlikely to use standard screening methods.
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Keep this aside please.

with due respect to you, can you show me one event where someone becomes +ve after 9.5 weeks negative result ?
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What does that have to do with you? You were advised when to test, it's up to you.
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That is not the point..point is ;- is my 9.5 weeks test is useless ?
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Any response from anyone.?
480448 tn?1426952138
No, your test wasn't useless, it was a very good indication of your final result and highly unlikely to change.  We adhere to the OFFICIAL guidelines for testing/window period.

You will find a lot of people who will say that it is not necessary to test out to 12 weeks.  You have to make that decision for yourself, about when you will be satisfied with your result.

Our advice will not change.
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There you go..

THIS IS ONLY BECAUSE OF OFFICIAL GUIDELINES, PRACTICALLY EVERYONE GETS TESTED POSITIVE BY 8 WEEKS...

THIS IS THE FACT..

Correct ?
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You know what we all know the fact...but we will have to follow the "OFFICIAL" guidelines...and put people one more day of f**king fear....u wont understand the feelings of a person going for HIV test..
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Your results won't change,take another test and collect another negative result.
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I agree with you. but if you really want to feel better and be completely reassured...I would suggest a re-test. that way you know and its all good! stay well and the best of luck to you!
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Good answer Teak!
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This thread is now CLOSED.

Our doctors, and many experts, feel that testing is conclusive earlier than 3 months.  Since official guidelines set by testing manufacturers still say 3 months, many of our members feel more comfortable using 3 months, as they are not doctors.

It's entirely up to you.  If you feel comfortable with our experts advice, then test and accept the results.  If you'd rather, test at 3 months.

There is no need for endless debate on this.  

Thanks!

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480448 tn?1426952138
You know what we all know the fact...but we will have to follow the "OFFICIAL" guidelines...and put people one more day of f**king fear....u wont understand the feelings of a person going for HIV test.. .

We don't make the guidelines, we just follow them, so I'm not quite sure why you're directing your anger at US.

As for not knowing, I most certainly do.  I've had a couple exposures in my 18 years of nursing, one that was fairly significant.  I had to test out to TWELVE months because that's what my employer required for exposure protocol.  So, please don't assume you know what I do and don't understand.

I dealt with it...I follow the instructions and handled it.  We've already told you your test is unlikely to chage..you can decide for yourself if you want to test again or not...we're going to maintain that a follow up is needed at 3 months.  Take it or leave it...you most certainly are not obligated to take our advice.  
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We feel more comfortable to giving the correct information from the manufacture and the FDA approval.

Example: Oraquick Home test kit, just approved 7/12

http://www.oraquick.com/

Warnings & Precautions
A positive result with this test does not mean that you are definitely infected with HIV, but rather that additional testing should be done in a medical setting.
"A negative result with this test does not mean that you are definitely not infected with HIV, particularly when exposure may have been within the previous 3 months."
If your test is negative and you engage in activities that put you at risk for HIV on a regular basis, you should test regularly.
This product should not be used to make decisions on behavior that may put you at increased risk for HIV.
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Atlast ...

I did my rapid testing after 15 weeks...Negative...

I want to say sorry to all specially to Teak for indulging in arguments which I shuld not have done....

Its time to educate people...thanks guys..
480448 tn?1426952138
Its time to educate people...thanks guys.. .

We try, day in and day out, but, like with you...people just refuse to listen.  They just will NOT open their minds at all and realize the problem is 99% anxiety.
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