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HIV Rapid Test (Blood) HIV-2 Positive
« on: August 29, 2022, 12:59:47 pm »
Dear Community,

I'm a bit concerned because a few days ago I ordered a rapid test kit and it included 2 rapid tests.

I pretty much just performed the tests "for fun", as I wasn't really concerned about being infected.

1. Test:

I dropped a small amount of blood into the kit (i think it was not enough blood) and mixed it with the serum.

- after around 5 minutes the control line appeared and also the line for HIV-2 appeared. I was kind of shocked.

Sure It must have been a mistake I quickly performed the 2nd test I bought and this time I managed to "donate" more blood.

- now the line for HIV-2 appeared again but more blurry.

In both tests, the line for HIV-1 was totally non-existent.

The last blood test performed at a hospital, about 2 years ago, was negative.

I'm really confused now.

The sensitivity of the test I performed is 99.2%, which means that the chance of getting a false positive result is 92 %.(that's what I read online)


Thanks in advance for your answers.


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Re: HIV Rapid Test (Blood) HIV-2 Positive
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2022, 01:14:03 pm »
The sensitivity of a test is the percentage of results that will be correctly positive when HIV is actually present. So 99.2% I presume you got from the package insert.

Why did you test two years ago? Was it post a potential exposure, and how long after that exposure was the test performed?

Anyhow, I understand a reactive result is a shock and a lot to digest. However, with these initial screening tests, we see false reactive results here regularly, and they aren't a dignoisis.

Please contact your GP or sexual health clinic for follow-up testing to confirm your positive or negative HIV status.
« Last Edit: August 29, 2022, 02:18:52 pm by Jim Allen »
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Re: HIV Rapid Test (Blood) HIV-2 Positive
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2022, 01:41:25 pm »
Well, the last "real" test was performed among other tests I had to get performed back then.

Since then I had some contacts, but all of them took PREP and most of them were really young. So I wasnt actually worried.

I have to mention that just one week ago I was positive for CoV-19 for a period of 10 days...thats actually how I came up with taking a HIV Test.

(I heard tests might also be sensitive to recent other infections)

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Re: HIV Rapid Test (Blood) HIV-2 Positive
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2022, 01:46:33 pm »


What do you think about this?
« Last Edit: August 29, 2022, 01:56:34 pm by Jim Allen »

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Re: HIV Rapid Test (Blood) HIV-2 Positive
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2022, 02:16:15 pm »
As said, these are just screening tests, false reactive results can happen, and they aren't a diagnosis. However, a reactive screening test should have confirmation testing to rule out HIV, so please contact your GP or sexual health clinic.

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Since then I had some contacts, but all of them took PREP and most of them were really young.

Yeah, them claiming to take PrEP or being young doesn't mean it's not a risk.

Hopefully, your reactive result just turns out to be a false reactive; if you want to avoid HIV, start reducing your risks by screening for STIs regularly, using condoms correctly and talking to your healthcare provider about taking PrEP yourself as an additional layer of prevention.

Here's what you need to know to avoid HIV infection:
Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse correctly and consistently, with no exceptions. Consider talking to your healthcare provider about PrEP as an additional layer of protection against HIV

Keep in mind that some sexual practices described as safe in terms of acquiring HIV still pose a risk for other easier acquired STIs.So please do get tested at least yearly for STIs, including but not limited to HIV, and more frequently if condomless intercourse occurs.

Also, note that it is possible to have an STI and show no signs or symptoms, and the only way of knowing is by testing.

Kind regards

Jim

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