May 30, 2013
The San Antonio AIDS Foundation will begin offering the INSTI HIV-1 Antibody Test on June 5. The test provides results in 60 seconds and detects HIV antibodies four to six weeks after initial exposure, while the previous rapid test took 20 minutes and detected antibodies no sooner than three months after being infected. The 60-second test is slightly more precise, with a 99.8 percent accuracy rate compared to the 20-minute test's 99.6 percent rate. The new test costs half as much as the previous test, approximately $78 per unit, and has Food and Drug Administration approval. The faster method will allow the foundation to screen more people in the same amount of time. The San Antonio AIDS Foundation will offer the INSTI HIV test to the public at its office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday and from the mobile testing van from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The foundation's office performs testing throughout the year from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fridays, and 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Saturdays. Mobile testing sites change daily. The blood draw is free and confidential, and minors do not need parent's consent to be tested.