Talking about home testing for HIV

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Unsure about result

Hi, this was the first time I have tested for hiv, my result was negative. I had unprotected sex a year ago and was very worried as I suffered from flu like symptoms. Should i accept this negative result?? I’m not sure about the accuracy. Also after a while I noticed the test wasn’t pushed in down to the buffer pot, however a clear control line appeared (within 15 minutes). Should I accept this result and move on or should I test again?


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Gary Carpenter, BioSure (UK) Limited
 Work on 13th June 2017

Hi Help2 Thanks for getting in touch. You have taken a really important and empowering choice. The test is extremely accurate when testing more than 3 months after possible exposure and negative results will be correct more than 999 times in a 1000. The control line is there to show that you have performed your test correctly. It will only trigger if you have applied enough sample and buffer. There is approximately 3 times as much buffer in the pot than is required to run the test, so even if the test is not pushed down completely it may well still run. If your test hadn't absorbed enough buffer the control line wouldn't have come up. All in all you can rely on your negative result. I would not recommend retesting. I hope I've answered your questions. Kind regards Gary Carpenter BioSure (UK) Limited

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