How reliable is the Oraquick over the counter test?

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    Sep 15, 2013 8:34 PM GMT
    I just tested negative with the Oraquick test (holy crap hiv testing scares me). On the box it says only 91% accuracy for negatives, so 9% of those who test negative are actually positive. I'm not sure if those 9% were in the seroconversion window, or if if it is just random test error.

    In general i'm not convinced oral is the no-risk everyone likes to believe, so i felt the need to get tested and know. I don't do unprotected anal, so the highest risk i've had lately is the guy who blew in my mouth in April, which seems well past the detection window. I feel pretty satisfied with the result. Would you trust it or should i be following up for a more accurate test?
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    Sep 15, 2013 9:23 PM GMT
    IRFire66 saidI just tested negative with the Oraquick test (holy crap hiv testing scares me). On the box it says only 91% accuracy for negatives, so 9% of those who test negative are actually positive. I'm not sure if those 9% were in the seroconversion window, or if if it is just random test error.

    In general i'm not convinced oral is the no-risk everyone likes to believe, so i felt the need to get tested and know. I don't do unprotected anal, so the highest risk i've had lately is the guy who blew in my mouth in April, which seems well past the detection window. I feel pretty satisfied with the result. Would you trust it or should i be following up for a more accurate test?

    Quote from the OraQuick site:

    Oral fluid HIV tests are very accurate. In studies, the OraQuick oral fluid test detected 91.7 percent of people who were infected with HIV, and 99.9 percent of people who were not infected with HIV. If you have more questions about oral fluid HIV tests, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider. He or she can help you figure out the best test for you.

    OraQuick FAQs

    Read the rest of their site. You can retake the test as often as you like, as you should at least every few months if you are sexually active. If you are still uneasy then see a doctor for a blood test, which is more accurate, but not perfect, either.