Reveal Rapid Test

The Reveal Rapid Test – Another Rapid Test with the same contradictory warnings.

You’re told to use this test and to not use this test to diagnose HIV infection.

In the end, it is reiterated that AIDS is a clinical diagnosis, and can be made regardless of what the tests say.

LIMITATIONS OF THE TEST

1. The Reveal™ Rapid HIV -1 Antibody Test must be used in accordance with this package insert to ensure accurate results.

  • And if it’s not?

2. The FDA has approved the Reveal™ Rapid HIV -1 Antibody Test for serum or plasma specimens only. Use of other types of specimens may not yield accurate results.

3. Test results are to be read and interpreted immediately following the final washing step with Universal Buffer. A delay in reading test results may yield inaccurate results.

  • Whoops!

4. Specimens that do not pass through the membrane within thirty (30) seconds after centrifugation (see Testing Procedure, step 2) are unsuitable for testing with the Reveal™ Rapid HIV -1 Antibody Test.

5. Lipemic samples or specimens contaminated with bacteria may not pass through the membrane within thirty (30) seconds, and therefore may be unsuitable for testing with the Reveal™ Rapid HIV -1 Antibody Test.

  • one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two…(glad these things are fool-proof)…one-thousand-three

6. Limited studies were conducted to determine the potential effect of interfering substances and unrelated medical conditions on the performance of the Reveal™ Rapid HIV -1 Antibody Test.

  • Oh, well,, don’t worry yourself over it

7. The specificity of the Reveal™ Rapid HIV -1 Antibody Test for serum specimens in low -risk populations has not been evaluated.

  • Low-risk? We weren’t going to test them anyway

8. Limited studies were conducted to determine the performance of the Reveal™ Rapid HIV -1 Antibody Test on fresh serum and plasma specimens.

9. A Reactive test result using the Reveal™ Rapid HIV -1 Antibody Test suggests the presence of anti-HIV-1 antibodies in the specimen.

The Reveal™ Rapid HIV -1 Antibody Test is intended to be used as an aid in the diagnosis of infection with HIV -1.

  • a what in what-what? An “Aid” in diagnosis of…HIV infection? I thought this was an HIV test??!!

AIDS and AIDS-related conditions are clinical syndromes and their diagnosis can only be established clinically.

  • *So “HIV equals AIDS” is just marketing_?

Results of the MedMira Reveal™ Rapid HIV -1 Antibody Test should not be used in isolation, but in conjunction with the clinical status, history, and risk factors of the individual being
tested.

  • So…It’s not the test, stupid. It’s the perception of risk-factors and the clinical analysis

10. The intensity of the red dot (Reactive test result) does not necessarily correlate with the antibody titre of the specimen.

  • So the test means, what, exactly?

11. A Non-Reactive test result with the Reveal™ Rapid HIV -1 Antibody Test indicates the absence of detectable antibodies to HIV in the specimen. However, a Non-Reactive test result does not exclude the possibility of exposure to, or infection with HIV.

  • So, negative is not negative?

Following a recent exposure to HIV, it may take several months for the antibody response to reach detectable levels, during which time testing for antibodies to HIV will not be indicative of true infection status. A comprehensive risk history and clinical judgement should be considered before concluding that an individual is not infected with HIV.

  • ie – No matter what the test says, you can be called HIV positive, if the clincian thinks you are at risk.

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