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OraQuick In-Home Rapid HIV Test Available Online

September 25, 2012

The OraQuick Rapid HIV test (OraQuick), developed by OraSure Technologies, has recently become available for purchase online at a cost of $39.99. The test can detect signs of the HIV virus in saliva. Also, OraQuick will soon be found on drugstore. In July 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved OraQuick for over-the-counter sales. The test was approved for use in hospitals and clinics several years ago, but Federal regulators wanted to be sure that consumers would use it properly before approving over-the-counter sales, which required OraSure to change the packaging and instructions and create a 24-hour customer-service call center. Federal regulators warned that a positive result with OraQuick does not mean that an individual is definitely infected with HIV. Those who have positive test results are advised to seek additional testing in a medical setting. According to Douglas Michels, chief executive officer of OraSure, the company plans a television, print, radio, and social media marketing campaign to promote the test.

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Comment by: Jimmy (Albuquerque New Mexico) Sat., Oct. 6, 2012 at 6:49 pm EDT
HIV is not in saliva as the article states. if it was a lot more of us would have HIV than are currently infected. the instructional video http://www.oraquick.com/Taking-the-Test/How-To-Video ,for this tests asks you to rub the swab against your gum, the test is looking for antibodies in the skin cells gathered from the gumline. Anyone can get FREE Anonymous (no names) HIV testing at many Public Health Offices, and HIV service providers and clinics across the US. these folk are trained and certified and are obligated to protect your private information under the law, the benefit is it's free and you get to talk with a trained professional so you get accurate information about you HIV status.
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