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HIV/Aids

Question
Posted by: Lin | 2018/02/10

Q.

Rapid test accuracy

Hello I had a protected sexual encounter with a sex worker on the 24th December 2017 and after the ordeal I noticed that there was blood on the condom and on my scrotum. I also had a sore follicle that is just like a pimple on my scrotum. I have been worried sick since then. Did a rapid finger prick test at 45days post exposure and it's negative. How accurate is it at this time. Pls help. I don't know how long I can hold on with this anxiety. It is killing me.

Expert's Reply

A.

HIV/Aids expert
- 2018/02/20

The rapid fingerprick HIV test is an HIV ELISA test and they detect HIV within 4 - 6 weeks of infection. If you are negative at day 45 then you are most likely negative. Do not be anxious

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