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Buffer pot mistake

Hi ive done 3 test which all came back negative jus realised on the last 1 tho that i wasnt pushing the test all the way to the bottom of the buffer pot the tests still ran as was only a little out, is this still accurate?

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 Used on 06th June 2017

Hi again all results have come back negative which is great, if asked at my follow up appointment about having to come back even tho 6 weeks was negative and he mumbled that it only 99% so they recommend coming back at twelve weeks!! I'm just happy I'm negative and thank you for calming my nerves, sorry for all the questions but needed to ask them thanks again all the best, safe sex people!!!

Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 31st May 2017

Hi Oopsie NHS GUM clinics should provide 4th generation laboratory tests, but I'm not sure if all do. You would need to check with them. But I would still say that you have every reason to consider your HIV status as reliably negative. You must be beyond the 12 weeks now so I would suggest that for your own peace of mind you test again. Although I will state that I am pretty much certain that your result will still be negative. Kind regards Gary

 Used on 31st May 2017

Actually thats wrong it was at a gum clinic next to hospital not Terrance Higgins , but surely the hospital based would have the latest test?

 Used on 30th May 2017

Thanks again its helped calm my nerves a little, the test I did was at Terrance Higgins trust gum clinic I can't find info to say what generation test they have done which is rather vague and annoying of them.

Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 30th May 2017

Hi Oopsie It is strange that the clinic would ask you to come back. Perhaps they don't have access to 4th generation lab testing. With regard to the test at 11 weeks, it is very unlikely that this result will change. At 11 weeks more than 99% of people would have reacted to an HIV infection by creating antibodies. I am sure that from the information provided your negative results are reliable. Kind regards Gary

 Used on 29th May 2017

They took a blood sample to send off but they said I would have to go back at 12 weeks why would that be if it's conclusive? Thanks for your quick response I also done a rapid test at 11 weeks Saturday and that was negative would that be likely to change? Thanks again

Gary Carpenter | BioSure (UK) Ltd
 Work on 27th May 2017

Hi Oopsie, It depends on what type of test you had. If you provided a blood sample and this was sent off to a lab to perform a test, then at 6 1/2 weeks this test would be conclusive. However, if the test was a rapid point of care test, so giving you an immediate result from a finger prick of blood, then again I would say that the negative result is extremely encouraging but could not be conclusive. You would need to retest at 12 weeks to be absolutely certain. I hope that this helps. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Ltd

 Used on 27th May 2017

I had a clinic test at 6 1/2 weeks also is that conclusive?

Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 28th April 2017

Hi Oopsie Your negative test results are encouraging and it is very likely that if you had had HIV symptoms from the date of your first test that if you were HIV positive then you would have had a positive BioSURE HIV Self Test result. However, whilst these things are in combination extremely likely that your negative result is accurate, the results cannot be considered to be conclusive. The only way to get a conclusive result at the time period post possible infection would be to get a lab test through a sexual health clinic or your GP or to test again after 12 weeks. I am sorry that I can't offer any more concrete advice about the accuracy of your HIV test result. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

 Used on 28th April 2017

Thanks for quick responce i understand they are not 100% around 6 weeks but ive done 3 test between 5 1/2 to 6 1/2 is that a good indication that im negative as ive had symtoms oved this time so surely my body is making antibodys ???

Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 27th April 2017

Hi Oopsie2017 Thanks for getting in contact. The test has been designed and built to be very robust against minor faults in test procedure. The test is constructed in such a way that a result is only possible if you put enough sample and buffer into the test. So if you have a negative result then the test has run correctly, regardless of any minor mistakes in carrying out the test. I hope that this answers your question. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

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