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Can I trust rapid. Tests for HIV as. Reliable and accurate?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine
6 doctors agree

In brief: Get confirmation

Rapid tests are great for getting people screened and tested.
If its positive, most protocols call for more confirmatory blood tests.

In brief: Get confirmation

Rapid tests are great for getting people screened and tested.
If its positive, most protocols call for more confirmatory blood tests.
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Rapid tests have high sensitivity but generate false positives, so it is important to get confirmatory testing.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology

In brief: Needs confirmation

Rapid screening tests have high sensitivity but not necessarily high specificity.
A positive screening test, a rapid HIV test is a screening test, needs to be confirmed.

In brief: Needs confirmation

Rapid screening tests have high sensitivity but not necessarily high specificity.
A positive screening test, a rapid HIV test is a screening test, needs to be confirmed.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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In brief: Screening

Rapid HIV tests have limits (both blood and swab tests).
When positive, a second more sophisticated test is required to confirm the result. Most laboratories will do the confirmatory test automatically. If the test is negative, there is still the possibility of infection. The test should be repeated in 1-2 weeks from the time of possible exposure.

In brief: Screening

Rapid HIV tests have limits (both blood and swab tests).
When positive, a second more sophisticated test is required to confirm the result. Most laboratories will do the confirmatory test automatically. If the test is negative, there is still the possibility of infection. The test should be repeated in 1-2 weeks from the time of possible exposure.
Dr. Daniel Sudilovsky
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Dr. John Baddley
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Yes

Yes, rapid tests are very reliable and accurate and are used routinely.

In brief: Yes

Yes, rapid tests are very reliable and accurate and are used routinely.
Dr. John Baddley
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Dr. JUDY WASHINGTON
Family Medicine

In brief: HIV test

The quick-result blood test uses a small amount of blood taken from your finger or arm. You can also have an oral swab performed.
These rapid test must be confirmed. They are screening tests and should not be used to diagnose hiv. The confirmatory tests are performed on blood taken from your arm with a needle. This blood is sent to a lab for testing. This test is confirmed by a second test.

In brief: HIV test

The quick-result blood test uses a small amount of blood taken from your finger or arm. You can also have an oral swab performed.
These rapid test must be confirmed. They are screening tests and should not be used to diagnose hiv. The confirmatory tests are performed on blood taken from your arm with a needle. This blood is sent to a lab for testing. This test is confirmed by a second test.
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