[Question #5169] Hiv test results

25 months ago
I'm sorry Dr. Handsfield, but you can't expect me to be satisfied with your last answer...

According to your last answer, the main source you're using in this forum is https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5718364/. That article states that for IgM/IgG sensitive POC tests (such as Insti: they even name the test), only 25% will have a reactive result by day 24.2. Only at 35.3 days, 75% will have a reactive result... 

And in that exact same answer, you're telling me that my insti self test result is at least 95% reliable at 26 days...

I might not be a hiv expert, but that doesn't seem right...

I would not have started a new thread if the article you provided me was consistent with your story. Quite the contrary, I would be reassured (and that is the goal, I guess). But being a researcher myself, I couldn't help to notice this huge difference in numbers...
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
H. Hunter Handsfield, MD
25 months ago
You're being argumentative and I won't participate. The conclusion that you don't have HIV is based on several lines of evidence, not only the test. I was not considering the exact performance of the particular test you had, but general knowledge about testing, including the fact that people with symptoms always have positive antibody results within a few days (which Dr. Hurt's summary article does not address). But feel free to calculate the chance you have HIV based on the rough numerical odds I gave previously. No matter what percent reliability to ascribe to whatever test you had, you'll see it adds up to a negligible chance you have HIV. In any case, you can resolve it by having additional tests; or by seeking out a test that performs better at the interval(s) at which you were tested. In any cse, it's obvious that reasoned replies aren't going to do the job, no matter how expert the source.

HHH, MD
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