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A 30-year-old female asked:

i had a oraquick hiv 1/2 oral test done two days ago. the results were negative. how accurate are those results? last exposure four years ago.

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Pretty accurate: According to cdc site, "in the clinical studies by the manufacturer, the oraquick oral fluid test correctly identified 99.3% of people who were infected with HIV (sensitivity) and 99.8 % of people who were not infected with HIV (specificity)." of course, if you have symptoms of viral illness or characteristic opportunistic infections, get the standard blood test for confirmation or denial.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Agree with Dr. Lewis. The test performance he cites is for tests done according to the instructions of the manufacturer. Support his suggestion for a standard blood test.
Sep 22, 2012
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Agree with Dr. L: If you you have any doubt, you may get a nucleic acid test for HIV. Have a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink plenty of water, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. For nutrition: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.

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