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Taking the OraQuick HIV In-Home Test


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By Justin B. Terry-Smith

November 13, 2013


At first, when I learned of this test I was skeptical. But if it is going to benefit people I figured I'd try it myself, even though I already know I'm HIV positive. This test has made me think of how far we have come in HIV testing. Before it was a blood test that you have to wait at least 2 weeks for. Now it's a 20 minute test you can take at home. This test came into play about June/July of 2012. It can be found online as well as your local drug stores including Walgreens, CVS, Sears, WalMart etc.

According to the Huffington Post, in a trial conducted by test maker Orasure, OraQuick detected HIV in those carrying the virus only 92 percent of the time, but was 99.9 percent accurate in ruling out HIV in patients who are not carrying the disease.

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That means the test could miss 1 in 12 HIV-infected people who use it, according to the FDA, but would incorrectly identify only one patient as having HIV for every 5,000 HIV-negative people tested.

I was wondering if someone found out that they were HIV positive what does the test tell them to do. It states:

Call our 24/7 support center toll-free at 1-866-436-6527. Your call will be completely confidential. You will only be asked for a zip code or city in order to help you find what you need.

To locate organizations offering HIV/AIDS services, visit cdcnpin.org

You can also use the HIV Provider Directory at hivma.org

I took the test to see if it was fast and easy as many people say that it is. Well in my opinion it is.

This test may also help the stigma of going out to get test when you can do it in the privacy of your own home. But the important thing is that everyone get tested. If you're positive don't worry, always get a second opinion. If the 2nd opinion still says you HIV positive STILL don't worry. Your life is NOT over. Get Support.

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See Also
Quiz: Are You at Risk for HIV?
10 Common Fears About HIV Transmission
More on Home HIV Testing

 

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Justin B. Terry-Smith

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Justin B. Terry-Smith may be one of the most public African Americans living with HIV: He has his own blog and Web site, and he's even on YouTube. And who can blame him? Only 30, he already has an incredible story to tell. Justin admits he used to live "a very dangerous life," but since his diagnosis three years ago, the former heavy drinker and drug user has turned his life around.
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