Monday, December 12, 2005

Possible false positive HIV tests

A widely used rapid test for HIV called the OraQuick Advance HIV test has been associated with a high number of false-positive results that have led many to incorrectly believe they had the AIDS virus, say health officials in New York and San Francisco. The FDA has indicated that it will consider approving the test, which requires a mouth swab instead of a blood sample, for home use by the public, but the health officials say patients should be instructed to have positive results confirmed by another type of test.

I would hope that people are getting blood tests to confirm their diagnoses of HIV.. If you are at risk, please get tested. There are so many more treatments out there and there can be a better quality of life.. Be safe and continue to practice safe sex!!

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