The US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has approved earlier this week the first over-the-counter (OTC) HIV test that can be used at home.
The test is called the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test. The test can be utilized to determine if a person has HIV or not with a simple saliva sample from a swab. As with all HIV tests, it does not read the past 90 days. However, the home test kit takes less than an hour to read the results instead of waiting an entire week when done at a clinic.
The name of the company that makes this kit is called OraSure Technologies. They plan to put the HIV test on the market in October of this year. Even though the company has sure in their name, the test is not fullproof. One in 12 tests reads a false negative and one in five thousand tests reads a false positive. Overall, this test will mean that more people will be tested because they no longer have to go through the anonymous, embarrassing process of going to the clinic.