ORAQUICK TEST.

Posted by jlor @jlor, Mar 28, 2018

How accurate is an oraquick test. Took one yesterday, exposure a year ago. Followed all directions to the letter., was negative .was concerned because the only complain I have is burning ne in my feet, tingling, etc, right foot bothers me s lot. Began in December 2016, went away in June last year, returned In December, took 4 gen hiv tests between jan-April last year, all negative., since symptoms are back, another HIV scare. Read that this is the first symptom?, so, the oraquick.

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Hello @jlor. I did a bit of research on the oraquick home test and it appears that it is FDA approved, meaning it must have been tested thoroughly and have a reasonable amount of accuracy. However, even quick tests (positive ore negative) are recommended to be confirmed by a blood test with a medical provider or approved community HIV center. Here is more information on the overall processes available for HIV testing, https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/hiv-testing/about/pac-20385018.

@jlor, you mentioned you have had previous scares and tests, but you had blood tests done and they were negative as well?

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@JustinMcClanahan

Hello @jlor. I did a bit of research on the oraquick home test and it appears that it is FDA approved, meaning it must have been tested thoroughly and have a reasonable amount of accuracy. However, even quick tests (positive ore negative) are recommended to be confirmed by a blood test with a medical provider or approved community HIV center. Here is more information on the overall processes available for HIV testing, https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/hiv-testing/about/pac-20385018.

@jlor, you mentioned you have had previous scares and tests, but you had blood tests done and they were negative as well?

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Yes, last year I had HIV 4th gen tests in Jan, feb, march, April , 2017, all negative.

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God bless for the neg hiv test result!!

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Hi, I took two oraquick tests within a week, both negative, shall I trust results?

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@jlor

Hi, I took two oraquick tests within a week, both negative, shall I trust results?

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This is from the Oraquick website, "Oral fluid HIV tests are very accurate. In studies, the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test detected 91.7 percent of people who were infected with HIV, and 99.9 percent of people who were not infected with HIV."

I cannot speak to the authenticity of Oraquick's claims however. If you still have concerns, I recommend getting blood work done and speaking with your medical provider. Here is also an article from the National Institute of Health on home HIV testing accuracy, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4799243/.

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Will 4 negative oraquick tests be conclusive after 3 months?

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@jlor

Will 4 negative oraquick tests be conclusive after 3 months?

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Hello @jlor, the four negative tests are certainly encouraging. I did some research on Oraquick and home testing kits and would like to re-share some of the information I found,

"This is from the Oraquick website, "Oral fluid HIV tests are very accurate. In studies, the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test detected 91.7 percent of people who were infected with HIV, and 99.9 percent of people who were not infected with HIV."

I cannot speak to the authenticity of Oraquick's claims however. If you still have concerns, I recommend getting blood work done and speaking with your medical provider. Here is also an article from the National Institute of Health on home HIV testing accuracy, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4799243/."

If you have concerns beyond the oraquick tests, I highly recommend getting a full test done with your medical provider or at an approved HIV testing center. You can find centers near you using this resource, https://locator.hiv.gov/.

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