Talking about home testing for HIV

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second test?

Hi, I had unprotected sex with my partner whom I don’t know his status. So we decided to test, the first test using a test kit from unknown manufacturer showed a faint line and a dark control line. I bought Bio Sure after a week to confirm the results and it came out negative. So my question is, if a person is on ARV’s can he test HIV negative? I saw the package written “not recommended for a person on ARV”. Just curious, and can I over rule the first test with the second one?

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 Used on 04th June 2019

Hi Kdagi, thanks for your question. Because our test looks for antibodies to HIV rather than the virus, somebody who is on treatment and virally supressed (undetectable) should still show a true positive result. However due to lack of extensive clinical data it is not possible to claim that a person who is on anti-retroviral treatment will always get an accurate result. A person who is virally supressed and is taking their medicine correctly cannot pass the virus on though, even through unprotected sex. This is where the phrase Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U) comes from. Thanks for choosing BioSURE - Team BioSure

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