Anonymous
I have read on here that the rapid test is extremely accurate after three months and that it is impossible for it to fail if it is administered several times after the three months.
The test results are available in less than a minute with the Insti Rapid Blood Test.
But then it was suggested to go to Avert.org for test information. There, it said that the rapid test was only satisfactory in uncomplicated infections! It also said the test is ready in 20 minutes.
Is that not outdated information? What is "uncomplicated infection?" Does that also apply to the Insti Rapid Test?
I am very concerned, having had several negative results from 3 to 15 months but suffering from many listed symptoms of his.
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Anonymous
Greetings,

Avert is indeed a great source of HIV/AIDS related information though it sounds like they left you feeling confused. Good for you for making sure your information was reliable and up to date! I will try to clarify for you below:

-The rapid test is indeed reliable, and detects most infections within 4-6 weeks
-It has an accuracy of 99.6% when testing is completed at or after the 3 month mark
-The rapid test as a whole is usually completed in 20 minutes. Though it only take a minute or two to test the blood, this amount of time leaves room for pre and post test counselling. This 20 minute time period is estimated for the whole testing process, beginning to end.
-Regarding "unsatisfactory infections": This is not a term we here at AIDS Vancouver are familiar with, nor is it a term commonly used by the nursing staff at St. Paul's where they test for HIV. It leads me to believe that by "uncomplicated" they mean you are not a person who is living with Hepatitis, being treated for cancer or living with a pre-existing immunodeficiency disorder.

I would suggest that, if you are still concerned about your HIV status, have a blood drawn test completed if it is available to you. Having said that, the rapid test is accurate and reliable at 3 months following a possible exposure. Symptoms can in no way diagnose HIV, as everyone responds differently. But, keep in mind that if your symptoms were indeed being caused by HIV transmission, HIV would certainly be detectable in your rapid tests.

I hope this helps to clear things up for you. Please feel free to contact us again with any further questions or concerns.

All the best,

Katie
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