Talking about home testing for HIV

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Testing stats

Ok 1 possible False negative out to 1000 seems high. Like how many tests are done a week, say like 5000. I don’t know that’s 3 people a week getting a false negative – or am I not understand something?

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Becky, BioSure UK Ltd
 Work on 28th April 2021

Hi Rich02, Sorry for not replying sooner, hope you are well. This isn't necessarily how the stats are formulated. These stats ONLY relate to people who ARE HIV positive. We estimate that about 1% of people who test are actually positive. The majority of people who test (99%) are negative. For example, if 1000 people test in a week - it is expected that around 10 of them will actually be positive. So to get to 1000 positive people, we would need to be testing for 100 weeks, therefore we would expect a false negative to occur once every 2 years or so. I hope this helps. Kindest regards, Becky

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