At least 95% of the time, all HIV tests--rapid and otherwise--are positive within 6 weeks. No, it isn't true that an RNA test is the only way to diagnose HIV during ARS; if you had ARS, the standard test would be positive at 7 weeks. I don't understand the syphilis question.
I just wanted to follow up on T-Bug's question. I took an OraQuick test in New York State, and am unclear whether that qualifies as a "modern test." Mine came back negative at 6 & 9 weeks, and I plan to do a final one at 12 weeks, following New York State guidelines, but the hiv counselor said I needed to test at 6 months and 1 year, and I can't figure out what's making him test so long-term. He told me my risk was low (oral sex without ejaculation, I was the one sucking), but is it standard practice to make any men who have had sex with other men test that often? I haven't had any additional risk events and don't intend to, in the future. My question isn't intended for clarification about my own status (I realize I have to do the 12-week test and I also realize that there's always a chance of a late seroconversion), but rather, I just wanted a little more insight into the logic of hiv testing center's advice. It will help me in the future.
so the rapid hiv blood test is a modern day test,reason why i ask is cause oraquik replaced it 1 to 2 years ago?can you give me the equation for the rapid hiv blood test.at 4 6 7 weeks. thanks doc