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image of two female college students in a doorm roomCurrently there are only two home HIV tests: OraQuick In-home HIV test and the Home Access HIV-1 Test System.  If you buy your home test online make sure the HIV test is FDA-approved.

OraQuick In-Home HIV Test provides rapid 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 20 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 is in blood, oral fluid tests find infection later after exposure than blood tests. Up to 1 in 12 people may test false-negative with these tests.

Home Access HIV-1 Test System is a home collection kit, which involves pricking your finger to collect a blood sample, sending the sample to a licensed laboratory, then calling in for results a few days later. If the test is positive, a follow-up test is performed right away. The manufacturer provides confidential counseling and referral to treatment. The tests conducted on the sample collected at home detect infection later than most lab-based tests offered by providers.

Resources
Basic questions on HIV Testing  
FDA information about HIV home HIV testing  

Articles
Myers J.E. et al.  Rapid HIV self-testing: long in coming but opportunities beckon. AIDS. 2013 Jul 17;27(11):1687-1695.

 


 

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