FDA-Approved HIV home tests in 2014

Currently there are only 2 home HIV tests: the home Access HIV-1 test System and the OraQuick In-home HIV test. If you purchase your home test on-line make sure the HIV test is FDA-approved.

The Home Access HIV-1 test System is a home assortment kit, which involves pricking your finger to gather a blood sample, sending the sample to a licensed laboratory, then calling in for results as early as the next business day. This test is anonymous. If the test is positive, a follow-up test is performed right away, and the results include the follow-up test. The manufacturer provides confidential counseling and referral to treatment. The tests conducted on the blood sample collected at home find infection later after infection than most lab-based tests using blood from a vein, however but tests conducted with oral fluid.
The OraQuick In-Home HIV test provides fast results in the home. The testing procedure involves swabbing your mouth for an oral fluid sample and using a kit to test it. Results are available in twenty minutes. If you test positive, you will need a follow-up test. The manufacturer provides confidential counseling and referral to follow-up testing sites. because the level of antibody in oral fluid is lower than it’s in blood, oral fluid tests find infection later after exposure than do blood tests. Up to one in twelve folks may test false-negative with this test.

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