Quick result, but often false.When patients get an HIV test HIV test Various tests have been used to detect HIV and production of antibodies thereto; some HTs shown below are no longer actively used, but are listed for completeness and context. See HIV, Immunoblot. , the last thing a health care worker wants to tell them is that it came back positive, especially if that result might well be inaccurate. Several AIDS service organizations announced in December that they were abandoning a widely used oral rapid HIV test because of numerous false-positive results.
In San Francisco San Francisco (săn frănsĭs`kō), city (1990 pop. 723,959), coextensive with San Francisco co., W Calif., on the tip of a peninsula between the Pacific Ocean and San Francisco Bay, which are connected by the strait known as the Golden about one quarter of the positives from the OraQuick oral HIV test have been false alarms, and 30 false-positives were reported in New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City
City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. in November alone.
"Our biggest concern was that word would spread that the tests were no longer accurate and people wouldn't bother to come in for testing," said Jim Key of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center provides a broad array of services for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Its clinic and on-site pharmacy offers free and low-cost health, mental health, HIV/AIDS medical care and HIV/STD testing and prevention. , which stopped offering oral rapid HIV tests in December.
Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), agency of the U.S. Public Health Service since 1973, with headquarters in Atlanta; it was established in 1946 as the Communicable Disease Center. said the OraQuick blood test is still accurate and urged that all positive oral-fluid tests nationwide be immediately followed up with OraQuick's rapid finger-stick screening, which provides results in about 20 minutes.