Rapid HIV tests are designed to provide results in a short amount of time, typically within 20 minutes. This is much faster than traditional HIV tests, which can take several days or weeks to provide results.
Rapid HIV tests detect HIV antibodies in a person’s blood or oral fluid. These highly accurate tests can detect HIV infection as soon as two weeks after exposure.
Rapid HIV tests are often used in settings such as clinics, community centers, and outreach programs, where quick results are needed to provide timely care and support to individuals at risk of HIV infection.
It is important to note that while rapid HIV tests are highly accurate, they are not 100% foolproof. False positive and negative results can occur, mainly if the test is administered too soon after exposure.
Therefore, following up on any positive result with confirmatory testing is essential to ensure accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.