FDA Approves First Take-Home HIV Test OraQuick
Now you can see if you have HIV from the comfort of your own home!
The Huffington Post reports that the Food & Drug Administration has just approved a new take-home HIV test called OraQuick for over-the-counter distribution.
The test detects the presence of HIV antibodies using a mouth swab and returns a result in 20 to 40 minutes. Two lines appear if the individual is infected. Government officials estimate that roughly 1.2 million people carrying HIV in the U.S. don’t know they are infected and the test was approved for those who might not otherwise get checked.
Orasure hopes to start rolling out the test in October, both online and through retailers like Walgreens, CVS and Walmart. Though no price has been set in stone, consumers can expect to shell out about $60.
Will you test yourself?