2 doctors weighed in:

How accurate are rapid HIV tests?

2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Martin Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Very accurate

But this depends upon when you were infected and whether you used the tests correctly.
The best thing to do is protect yourself and stay safe.

In brief: Very accurate

But this depends upon when you were infected and whether you used the tests correctly.
The best thing to do is protect yourself and stay safe.
Thank
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Must confirm

The purpose of a rapid test is to pick up as many cases as possible; rapid hiv's detect almost all cases after the first few weeks, but need confirmation from nucleic acid testing as there are a few false positives.

In brief: Must confirm

The purpose of a rapid test is to pick up as many cases as possible; rapid hiv's detect almost all cases after the first few weeks, but need confirmation from nucleic acid testing as there are a few false positives.
Thank