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First In-Home HIV Test To Hit Retail Stores In the US

Recently the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the very first over the counter HIV test kit that allows individuals to test themselves in the comfort of their own homes.1 Would that not make you more inclined to take the test?  This is important because people will no longer have to make the effort to schedule a doctor’s appointment and be able to take the test in the comfort of their own home.

The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test is the first rapid diagnostics test for any infectious disease and works by detecting the antibodies that are part of the human HIV virus1.  You must simply take an oral swab and place it in the vial that is provided in the kit.  Within 20 to 40 minutes, you will have your results1.  If your results happen to be positive it doesn’t mean that you are definitely infected with the HIV.  Clinical studies have shown that “the kit is expected to show one false positive out of every 50,000 results and one false negative out of every 12 results.”  The over the counter test was not meant to replace medical testing but simply to provide another way for people to find out their HIV statuses virus. If you do test positive using this in-home test, it is recommended that you see your doctor to verify the results.1

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FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Approval of Home HIV Test Kits and HIV Prevention Pills

There is an old saying that advises us that “prevention is better than the cure”. This is a widely accepted idiom and is especially true when it comes to HIV/AIDS because, as of date, no cure has been found for the disease. The only strategy that has been used in various scenarios is to prevent the transmission of the virus. So far, this strategy has been quite successful, although a lot more needs to be done, especially when it comes to the prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV/AIDS.

It therefore comes as great news to hear that advisory panels to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have recommended that two new weapons be added to the HIV prevention arsenal. The first is an over-the-counter HIV kit that will allow people to test themselves in the privacy of their own homes1. The second is a pill that can help prevent people from becoming infected with the virus2.
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