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Anon_136251 posted:
Do clinics that offer rapid tests have mandatory counseling before the test or after? when I went for my rapid test 3 months after my event I cant remember if the person registering me asked if I wanted counseling? Are they supposed to offer it regardless? I'm worried that my rapid test wasn't accurate if the staff didnt conduct things accordingly. I tested negative.
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georgiagail responded:
Whether the center asked you if you wanted counseling or not plays no role in the accuracy of your test result.

These rapid tests are designed to be, well, idiot proof by the folks providing them. The idea was to develop a safe, easy to use testing product that would give accurate results in a short period of time (while the client/patient was still present).

About the only time the results might be inaccurate is if one tests too early after a possible exposure; before enough antibodies would be present to be picked up by they testing methods. If, for example, someone tested several days after a possible exposure one could not say the results were accurate.

However, you waited until the 3 month mark and thus, a request for counseling or not, your results were quite accurate in terms of your status. Please stop worrying about this and instead celebrate your negative status.

Gail
 
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rr1234 replied to georgiagail's response:
Ok. Thanks, Gail


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