How reliable are fast tests for hiv, which give result withit 10 minutes? The blood taken for this test is from the finger of the hand (capilarry blood), but not from the vein. Are these fast tests reliable ?
Unfortunately, I do not know the test name. The only thing I know is that blood is taken from the finger (not from the vein) and one drop of the blood is putting on a small rectangular white mount and the result is ready within 5-10 minutes.
Though there are some instant test kits available, they are also only for collecting samples and sending to a lab unianimously for details examination and producing results. Tests could not be done at home and results known. Since, the antibody testing is to observe and test a certain type of anitibody presence which is specific to hiv. So, such 10 minute test cannot be reliable.
Yes, I have found the name of this rapid test, it is stat-pak. I have heard that they often give a false positive result. But can we consider if the result is negative then it is reliable?
In the country where I live there are no other tests available, so how reliable are these tests?