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I just heard the OTC HIV test was approved by the fda. How accurate is it on one try, and should you repeat it 2 weeks later to be sure?
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
Family Medicine
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In brief: 92% accurate
The test boasts 92% accuracy, thus 8/100 times is false negative.
Just like the blood test, if it is early in the infection process, it may not show, thus recommended retesting in about 3 months. Also, even if this test shows +, it does not mean +hiv 100%--it just means additional testing is needed. If you have additional concern, consult your doc. Good luck.

In brief: 92% accurate
The test boasts 92% accuracy, thus 8/100 times is false negative.
Just like the blood test, if it is early in the infection process, it may not show, thus recommended retesting in about 3 months. Also, even if this test shows +, it does not mean +hiv 100%--it just means additional testing is needed. If you have additional concern, consult your doc. Good luck.
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