Insti RapidTest

Originally Posted: 
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Question: 

Is it possible for Insti Rapid Test to fail to detect Hiv over a period of more than a year and several tests at a Poc clinic?

I have read that ,

" if a client continues to present HIV symptoms but keeps testing negative with a rapid test, then the rspid test should not be relied upon and other testing methods should be used"

 Isit this od news or is it spvalid?

 

Answer: 

Hello, the rapid test at any Point of Care clinic should be taken as reliable and accurate. The science of HIV testing is now more advanced than ever before and a Rapid test is as reliable as any standard 4th or 3rd generation HIV test. There is no possibility of repeated false negative testing in regards to HIV detection.

However if you do doubt the results, you could request a standard HIV test and we are confident that you will still test as HIV negative. The internet, while providing wonderful information also has many opinions about HIV and some of them are outdated, inaccurate or just untrue.

Good luck and all the best to you,

David.

AIDS Vancouver Helpline

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