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    Accuracy of OraQuick Home hiv test on children
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    foreveraggie posted:
    Does anyone have information on the validity of the OraQuick home test being used on children under the age of 17? OraQuick states that the test should not be used on children under 18 years of age. If a child unfortunately had hiv, would the test, if used correctly, detect the antibodies, or is there something different in children that would keep the test from detecting the antibodies?
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    georgiagail responded:
    There will not be information to validate your concerns since the OraQuick site itself provides information that testing for validity has not been done on children under the age of 17.

    The obvious answer to attempt to alleviate your continuous concerns over this non-event is a blood test for your son (please understand that YOU, not he needs this test to ease your worries).

    However, since you have posted that your ex-wife must (it appears) give permission for such testing..and refuses to do so...there is really nothing else this forum can do to help you deal with your continuous focus on this issue.

    Gail
     
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    foreveraggie replied to georgiagail's response:
    Can a rapid finger prick blood test be done or would I have to do a blood draw fir a child?
     
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    georgiagail replied to foreveraggie's response:
    Either test can be done on a child. Many would choose the finger prick test with results available very quickly, both for that reason (rapid results) and also because a finger prick is certainly less invasive to a child than having to draw blood from them.

    The actual test is the same for both of these methods; the only difference is that in the blood draw the sample is sent to a lab versus testing done at the site of the finger prick.

    Gail
     
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    foreveraggie replied to georgiagail's response:
    If my sons doctor does not have the finger prick test, then I guess blood has to be drawn. That stinks! Ex has given me permission, and I have some reservations!
     
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    foreveraggie replied to foreveraggie's response:
    Gail, So you are 100% sure that my sons test results were not wrong??? The Ora-Quick at home (3) nor the blood test from his doctors office? Of course I have been reading on-line again, and of ourselves I am concerned! I have read about documented cases in health care settings of skin exposure to blood that resulted in acquiring hiv. It was on the OSHA site. So my point is, why does everyone say it can't happen?!?!
     
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    georgiagail replied to foreveraggie's response:
    Seriously foreveraggie???? It's a year later and you're still not over this non-risk to your son? Even after putting the little fella through all this testing over and over again?


    Please stop reading things on the internet and enjoy the holidays with your family.

    Gail
     
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    foreveraggie replied to georgiagail's response:
    Remember, he got sick with a sore neck, headache, sore throat with an ulcer, and fever 7.5 weeks after possible exposure! Then 8 months later had all those canker sores and that upper body rash! Also, has the discoloration on his face for about 2 years and also has skin colored small bumps on his upper arms, elbows, knees and legs. Scares and worries me!
     
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    georgiagail replied to foreveraggie's response:
    Stop this. Get therapy for your continued worries over a disease your son does not have.

    Gail
     
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    foreveraggie replied to georgiagail's response:
    I have read that some people whether infected or not will always test negative on antibody test. Is that true?
     
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    georgiagail replied to foreveraggie's response:
    No. Seek therapy for yourself please.

    Gail
     
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    foreveraggie replied to georgiagail's response:
    Gail, I am just still worried due to his weird symptoms! Skin discoloration on his face, bumps on skin, dark circles under eyes, discolored yellowish/green stools, etc!!! You are sure the tests old not be wrong?
     
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    georgiagail replied to foreveraggie's response:
    Listen, we went through what seemed like hundreds of emails over this same issue a year ago.

    Sorry but I'm not going there again with you. You put your child through enough tests over this whole business.

    Gail
     
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    foreveraggie replied to georgiagail's response:
    Gail, What kind of test is the OraQuick at home test? I know it is an antibody test, but what is it classified as? Thank you.
     
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    georgiagail replied to foreveraggie's response:
    http://www.oraquick.com/

    Gail


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