In health matters, recently we told you about a program initiative to make HIV testing a standard practice in clinics and pharmacies. Now it is getting easier to get tested in complete privacy.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved of the first over-the-counter in-home HIV test.
The Oraquick in-home HIV test detects the presence of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, by swabbing the inside of your mouth. Results take forty minutes.
Test maker OraSure Technologies says a positive result does not mean the individual is definitely infected. And a negative result does not necessarily mean you are HIV free, especially if possible exposure was within three months of testing.
It means additional testing should be done at a medical facility to confirm the results.
A version of the test has already been in use by doctors and other health professionals since two thousand four.
OraSure Technologies is hoping to have the test available online and in stores by the end of October.
Reporting on Health Matters, I’m Jessica Solis.