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20 Jan 2004

RAPID TEST AND ELISA HIV TESTS
I went for 2 rapid tests and two elisa tests which all came back negative. I am doubful of these results because i have developed some few hiv? related sysmptoms i.e darkened facial skin, itchy eyes, itchy skin, loss of hair and mu tangue is white.

1. is a rapid test 100% reliable?
2. is an elisa test 100% reliable?
3. Are there any exceptions to these tests?
4. Could there be possible false results?
5. Are there any deseases associated with the above sysmpmtoms?

Please help I am loosing it.
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pathologist

01 Jan 0001

A rapid test is not 100% reliable. If the Elisa test was negative 8-12 weeks after possible exposure the changes of false negativity is less than 1%. If you are still worried a PCR test can be done and if this is negative you can be sure that you are not infected with the virus. There are other diseases with the symptom complex as described by you. Consult your GP.
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