Anonymous
sir, I am a male of age 35. I went for some pathological test (HIV & VDRL). I doubt whether the lab technician used new syringe to collect blood sample from me or not. It was not a much reputed laboratory. She took Rs 450 for both the tests. She also supplied the used Rapid HIV test kit & Syphilis Test strip attached with the report. she told me that the reports are normal (HIV negative and VDRL non-reactive). sir my question is if the syringe already used previously on any HIV infected person before me can still my test report will come HIV negative ??? ( can the HIV blood from that person in the syringe may be mixed with my blood sample but the result is negative ?).
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Anonymous
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.

We obviously can't say for certain if your testing equipment was reused or not, but we can say that this is unlikely. If for some reason testing equipment was reused, we'd say the results of the entire test are invalid (meaning they don't mean anything at all), as the equipment is not meant to be reused. If you're concerned about the accuracy of your test and some of the practices of the clinic you go to, we'd encourage you to bring them up with the healthcare professionals there. They will be the only ones that will be able to alleviate any concerns you have about the tests they give out.

Thanks a lot for contacting the AIDS Vancouver Helpline with your question, we hope it has been answered fully.

Trevor

AIDS Vancouver Helpline/Online

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