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5. What are rapid HIV tests?

A rapid HIV test is a test that usually produces results in up to 107 minutes. 

There are currently three rapid HIV tests licensed for use in the United States:

  1. OraQuick Rapid HIV-1 Antibody Test, manufactured by OraSure Technologies, Inc.
  2. Reveal HIV-1 Antibody Test, manufactured by MedMira, Inc.
  3. Single Use Diagnostic System for HIV-1 (SUDS™), manufactured by Abbott-Murex
The availability of these tests may differ from one place to another.

These rapid HIV blood tests are considered to be just as accurate as the ELISA.

As is true for all screening tests (including the ELISA), a positive test result must be confirmed with an additional specific test before a diagnosis of infection can be given.

 

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