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Offline Katiebug24

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Question on Oraquick Advance Oral Swab
« on: July 08, 2011, 05:57:00 PM »

Hello! I've been dealing with a great amount of anxiety over HIV after a rape last year. I finally got up the nerve to do a rapid test after a lot of therapy. It has been 7 months since the rape. I took the Oraquick rapid HIV test and it came back negative. I was ecstatic. However, my mind started wandering and I began questioning the accuracy of the test. The test takes 20 minutes. The clinician took my swab at 11:57-11:58. He read me my negative results at 12:16-12:17. My question is... If I were to have been read my results 1 or 2 minutes early would that make a difference on the result? Can a negative change to a positive in that last minute or two? Thank you all for your answers in advance. Hopefully someone with knowledge on HIV testing can help answer my question  thanks!

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Re: Question on Oraquick Advance Oral Swab
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2011, 06:15:51 PM »
Sorry to hear about your terrible experience.

However, the good news is that you tested negative with an approved test. The Oraquick is very fast and yes, it does yield an accurate result. Don't allow the residual feelings that may be lingering from that experience to complicate what is a reliable result. Yes, you are HIV negative. Period. No further testing is necessary.

Make sure you get whatever support you may need in relation to the rape. We cannot help you with that in this setting. But at least the cloud about HIV has been put to rest reliably.
Andy Velez

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Re: Question on Oraquick Advance Oral Swab
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2011, 07:51:07 PM »
Thank you for responding. I just got nervous because I read that you're not supposed to read the result before the full 20 minutes and I don't know if I was read the results a little early... How can I stop worrying aout this without obsessively being tested again?

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Re: Question on Oraquick Advance Oral Swab
« Reply #3 on: July 09, 2011, 04:25:21 AM »
Thank you for responding. I just got nervous because I read that you're not supposed to read the result before the full 20 minutes and I don't know if I was read the results a little early... How can I stop worrying aout this without obsessively being tested again?
See a mental health professional.

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Re: Question on Oraquick Advance Oral Swab
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2011, 04:31:53 AM »
I've already stated that I'm going through therapy... That sort of goes without saying. I'm just trying to gain knowledge and support on the rules and info on HIV testing.

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Re: Question on Oraquick Advance Oral Swab
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2011, 04:37:36 AM »
Reread Andy's reply to you.

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Re: Question on Oraquick Advance Oral Swab
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2011, 08:22:43 AM »
Katie,

When a rapid test is going to turn positive, they usually start doing so within five to ten minutes. The twenty minute requirement is more generally to make sure a result really is positive and not an indeterminate result, which would require further testing.

If you were positive from your rape, you would have had a strong positive result on a rapid test at seven months and it would have started turning positive within the first five to ten minutes, as I said above.

The couple minute difference of reading the test kit a few minutes before the twenty minute mark is NOT going to make one bit of difference. You do not have hiv.

You are conclusively hiv negative. You do NOT have hiv!!!

I hope you can start to put this ordeal behind you now. Be happy you don't also have to deal with hiv as a result of this crime. Hang in there, and good luck finding peace.

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Offline Katiebug24

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Re: Question on Oraquick Advance Oral Swab
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2011, 12:13:35 PM »
Thank you so much for the kind and detailed answer. May I ask where you got this information? Personal experience? Study?

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Re: Question on Oraquick Advance Oral Swab
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2011, 12:32:25 PM »
If you want to know more about those who respond here you can read our profiles.

Ann has as always given you the real deal.

You are worrying needlessly about HIV at this point.
Andy Velez

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Re: Question on Oraquick Advance Oral Swab
« Reply #9 on: July 09, 2011, 12:36:02 PM »
I know thank you Andy. I'm not doing well coping with everything. I came here for answers and you guys graciously gave them to me. Thank you all for your time. I sincerely appreciate it.

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Re: Question on Oraquick Advance Oral Swab
« Reply #10 on: July 09, 2011, 12:39:44 PM »
You're welcome. Good luck with getting on successfully with your life. 
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Re: Question on Oraquick Advance Oral Swab
« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2011, 01:08:18 PM »
Katie,

I was told how the 20 minute rapid tests react by a nurse at my hiv clinic who I've become friendly with over the years. He's qualified to do the whole gamut of STI testing and I pick his brains on a regular basis about the various tests.

I've also studied research studies published in peer-review scientific publications concerning hiv testing, diagnosis and risk factors for over ten years now. I'm also hiv positive, so a fair bit of what I know does come from personal experience in keeping my hiv negative sex partners hiv negative.

You do not have hiv from this incident, so hopefully you can begin to put it behind you now. Good luck - I know first hand it's not easy, but it will get better in time and the therapy will help. Stick with it.

Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

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Re: Question on Oraquick Advance Oral Swab
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2011, 12:57:59 AM »
Ann
Thank you so much for providing me with such a detailed answer. You went out of your way to relieve my anxiety and you don't even know me... You are an amazing person. I feel confident that I do not need further testing. The rape has took a toll on me and I'm trying to pull myself back together. Thanks to people like you, it makes it easier.

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Re: Question on Oraquick Advance Oral Swab
« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2011, 10:30:46 AM »
Katie,

You're welcome.

Please try to put all this behind you. As a rape survivor myself, I know that while it isn't easy, it is doable. It will get better in time. Stick with the therapy and good luck.

Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

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HIV-2 Question
« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2012, 09:22:58 PM »
Hey everyone. I have a question about HIV-2. I slept with a man a year and a half ago. 3 months after I went to take an Orasure oral swab that was negative. My husband and I want to try to start having a baby soon so I went to
Planned parenthood a few days ago to take another HIV test just to be sure. It was a finger prick test and It was also negative. Then my worried mind started questioning my test. I know that there are a few rapid tests that don't test for HIV-2. Is this something I should be specifically tested for before I try to start getting pregnant? PLEASE answer, I'm really concerned. Thanks all.

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Re: Question on Oraquick Advance Oral Swab
« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2012, 09:53:15 PM »
Katie, I've merged your threads here. It's a rule of the site as stated in the opening thread of this section that members should keep all entries in the same thread. So in the future if you have any entries please keep them in this same thread.

Now, your latest concern. You are worrying needlessly. You have reliably tested negative. There is no need to be further concerned nor any need for further testing. Good luck with your baby quest.

HIV is not a problem for you.
Andy Velez

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Re: Question on Oraquick Advance Oral Swab
« Reply #16 on: May 12, 2012, 01:24:09 AM »
Thanks Andy. My real problem is anxiety I think. I just needed the reassurance, tha ks

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Re: Question on Oraquick Advance Oral Swab
« Reply #17 on: May 12, 2012, 07:12:01 AM »
Katie,

Are you still in therapy to help you come to terms with the rape? If you're not, you may need a few "top-up" sessions. Planning a pregnancy can be an anxious time even for people who have not experienced the trauma you have gone through.

Most rapid tests do look for both hiv 1&2. Ring PP and ask about their tests if it will put your mind at ease.

Please also be aware that hiv 2 is very rare in your part of the world. It's mainly only a concern in Western Africa and European countries who host large immigrant populations from Western Africa.

You don't have hiv, so go ahead and try for a baby. Good luck!

Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

 


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