OraQuick – 20 Minute, at Home, HIV Test


One of the scariest health epidemics of my generation was HIV. I remember quite clearly its emergence on the scene, the graphic news footage of those first infected, people slowly dying from something so misunderstood and scary. It doesn’t seem to be big news anymore, but it’s still killing people all over the world.

Well, OraSure, the company that brought us the first healthcare administered oral specimen HIV test available all the way back in 1994, have now developed OraQuick, a simple at-home test that allows people to test themselves in the privacy of their own homes for the virus that causes AIDS. Imagine, an FDA approved, over-the-counter HIV test that requires only a simple mouth swab and 20-40 minutes of your time.

It is estimated that there are over a quarter of a million Americans that are completely unaware that they have been infected with HIV, testing yourself can help protect your health and, it will certainly help to curtail the rampant spread of HIV. The OraQuick In-Home Oral HIV Test is a private, confidential way to test yourself and get your results in only around 20 minutes.

The OraQuick test will be available this month at many retail outlets in the USA including Walmart, or at Oraquick.com for only around $39.99. The testing kit comes in a durable plastic case with step by step instructions and a pre and post test information booklets. Remember that there is always a slight risk of a false negative or positive result, so please follow-up with a medical professional.

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Sam Says: October 17, 2012 at 12:55 am

Now that’s one invention that could actually benefit the mankind. Well done on reporting this. Any idea if this would be available to the rest of the world as this could benefit developing nations a lot more.

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