HIV/AIDS Glossary

Rapid Test

A type of HIV antibody test used to screen for HIV infection. A rapid HIV antibody test can detect HIV antibodies in blood or oral fluid in less than 30 minutes. There is also a rapid antigen/antibody test available. A positive rapid HIV antibody test must be confirmed by a second test for a person to be definitively diagnosed with HIV infection.

Related Term(s): Antibody, Definitive, Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay, Western Blot

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