Hello, I received the rapid POC test in ontario 1 year after my exposure. It was negative...Is this conclusive or do i need to go get a different test to double check? Thanks
Hi there, and thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline for your HIV/AIDS related health information. It seems you're concerned about the accuracy of an HIV test you've had. We're happy to answer your question for you.
Here is a bit more information on the RAPID test:
|Rapid or “Point-of-Care”||Blood or oral swab test that looks for antibodies.||Up to 95% of infections are detectable within 4-6 weeks post exposure. Most people develop detectable antibodies in 21-25 days.||The rapid test is a type of 3rd Generation test. Two forms available: finger prick blood sample or oral swab. Oral swab test is most common in the U.S. but due to false positives in Canada it is not approved and blood collection is more likely. Many places in the U.S. and abroad may charge a fee for rapid testing. Conclusive at 3 months post exposure.|
You'll see in the chart that it is indeed conclusive 3 months post exposure, so your results 1 year after your exposure are considered conclusive (if you haven't had any other exposures in that time). You do not require further testing.
Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.
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