At Home Testing: What About False Positives or Negatives? What About Accuracy?

Thinking of taking an at-home test and skipping the doctor’s office? Think twice, and consult a healthcare provider when you get the results.

René F. Najera, MPH, DrPH
6 min readSep 15, 2023

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COVID-19 rapid antigen test showing positive result with two lines, one at the ‘C’ (control) position and one at the ‘T’ (test) position.
Is this result reliable?

You’re at home, and you’re worried you’re infected with some virus, like influenza or the novel…

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René F. Najera, MPH, DrPH

DrPH in Epidemiology. Public Health Instructor. Father. Husband. "All around great guy."