FDA Approves At-Home HIV Test To Aid Public Health

On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an in-home test kit for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) which will aid public health officials in diagnosing cases.

In addition, they will help to reduce the shame and uneasiness for individuals wanting to their HIV degree.

“The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test is designed to allow individuals to collect an oral fluid sample by swabbing the upper and lower gums inside of their mouths, then place that sample into a developer vial, and obtain test results within 20 to 40 minutes. A positive result with this test does not mean that an individual is definitely infected with HIV, but rather that additional testing should be done in a medical setting to confirm the test result,” the FDA release said.

“Similarly, a negative test result does not mean that an individual is definitely not infected with HIV, particularly when exposure may have been within the previous three months. The test has the potential to identify large numbers of previously undiagnosed HIV infections, especially if used by those unlikely to use standard screening methods.”

According to federal health officials an approximate 1.2 million Americans have HIV, the lentivirus that brings about acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS).

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