one “indeterminate” test + one “negative” test = HIV negative?
November 23, 2008 6:02 PM Subscribe
HIV testing filter: Does a negative test always trump an indeterminate one?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (6 answers total)
A few days ago I had a rapid result HIV test where they swab the inside of your mouth and give you your results in 20 minutes. My first test came back “indeterminate.” I’m not so sure this wasn’t code for “positive,” but they didn’t want to use that word and completely freak me out. They immediately gave me a second rapid result test, this time a blood test, and it came back negative. They told me that a negative test always trumps and indeterminate one, and I have nothing to worry about. Of course, I’m still worrying a little. This was at one of those free “get tested” drives on a college campus, and I never actually talked to a doctor, just the volunteers running it. They’re supposed to know what they’re talking about, right?
A few data points: I’m female and haven’t had any risky contact in the 90 day “window” prior to the test. I did have a blood transfusion in the past year – that was the primary motivating factor for getting tested in the first place. (I know the risk is small, but it’s there nonetheless.)
I understand that false positives are much more likely than false negatives on these types of tests. Statistically speaking, I’m probably fine. Aside from easing my paranoid mind, is there any reason for me to have a third test?