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Which result is valid?

I did a test yesterday morning and after 15 minutes it came out negative. It stayed that way for the rest of the day until I put the tube in my handbag so I could go out and bin it. When I took it out to double check it was there, I stupidly looked at it again even though I know I’m not supposed to look at it after 1 hour. When I looked at it I could see that my blood was spilling everywhere on the test as I was moving my bag around a lot. The next morning I woke up to a very faint second red line even though it definitely wasn’t there yesterday. Should I be concerned? Is my negative result the one I should stick with? Last possible exposure was a low risk activity just over 2 years ago.

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Becky, BioSure UK Ltd
 Work on 09th November 2020

Hi AnonTester, The negative result you received at 15 minutes is reliable and accurate. Be sure to throw your test away. We say to never read your result after 1 hour as due to the nature of the test, the strip will become soaked in the solution and inevitably over time, this will make the result invalid. Given that your last possible exposure was 2 years ago, your negative result is accurate and conclusive - you do not need to retest. I hope this helps. Becky

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