Anonymous
I just read this Q&A from another asker...........See below.
Insti tests are not reliable???

The Insti test is the same test that is used at the Lab, so are you saying the Rapid Point of Care Insti tests done at the lab are not conclusive or reliable? I am not sure how Jonathan got home out of it????

So, again, are Insti Rapid Point of Care tests done at labs where they prick your finger and give you result not reliable or ARE THEY just as accurate as getting blood from arm?

Question:
I made a intis test after 3 month of a risky exposure and the test was negative, but i have now two weeks with sore throat ache like a viral grippe, but flu is normally one week. I have made bacterial stafilococ and it was negative. Then i am worry because with more then one week with throat ache it can be an hiv infection synthomes. Do you think i have to made another hiv test?

Answer:
Hi there and thanks for using the AIDS Vancouver Helpline as a source for HIV/AIDS related information.

A home insti test at 3 months post-exposure is a very indicator of your status. The Insti Test has not been approved for use in Canada and has been known not to be 100% reliable, so I would encourage you to be retested at a lab or clinic for conclusive results.

The symptoms you have described are not related to HIV. Actually, there are no clinically-defined symptoms. That means some HIV+ individuals may experience a strong, flu-like illness 2-4 weeks post-exposure that disappears after 8-10 days, while many HIV+ individuals experience no symptoms whatsoever.
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Anonymous
Hi There,
Thank you for contacting AIDS Vancouver with your question regarding HIV/AIDS.

The Insti test and the "Rapid" or point of care tests are two different tests. Let me explain.

The Insti is a test that is done at home. At AIDS Vancouver we do not recommend at home tests because they can provide false positives and are less accurate.

The "Rapid" or Point of Care test is a test is done in a lab where blood is taken by pricking the persons finger. The results of this type of test are accurate if the test has been done between 4 and 12 weeks after a risky exposure. In Canada the "Rapid" or Point of Care test is done only by pricking the persons finger.

I trust that I have answered your question, if you have any further questions please feel free to contact us again or refer to out website at http://www.aidsvancouver.org.

Sincerely,

Christina
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