Well...to be honest, I have been sexually active for awhile and have only one known possible exposure that happened back in "08". It was a one time exposure condom breakage with ejaculation. We started out with a condom and I checked to see if the condom was there while we were having sex but when we finished the condom was gone. It was not inside me, on the floor, on the bed or anywhere. I asked him his status and he said he did not have anything but I started to have doubts about that sexual encounter and all the other ones I've had. So....not to be a pest but why did these other healthcare departments say that they were trained that you should not smoke 20 minutes prior to the test? Shouldn't HIV testing training be the same across the board? I agree with you stating that either you have the antibodies or you don't but I just figured that maybe they say that because maybe the chemicals from a cigarette can contaminate or dilute the antibodies or maybe the test can be tricked by the nicotine.If the nicotine did in fact interfere with the test (contaminate the sample) would I still get a result? I was just curious as to why they would say that?
Oh.....one more thing, does this test know the difference between saliva and oral fluid. Say for instance someone did put just saliva on the test; would they get a negative or would the test know the difference? Thanks for your help