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HIV test results in one minute

Timothy Kincaid

December 17th, 2010

The FDA has approved an HIV testing kit that gives results in one minute. The highly accurate (99.8%) test involves a finger prick, three solution process that gives results about as easy to understand as a pregnancy test (one blue dot, negative; two blue dots, positive).

I remember when test results took weeks – long, long weeks – and still now it can be an agonizing twenty minutes even for those who have no real reason to be concerned. And while there are testing vehicles on the street in West Hollywood every weekend, I’m sure that a 20 minute wait negatively impacts their draw.

But with one-minute responses, I suspect that there will be an increase in those who are willing to be tested and a reduction in the anxiety of those who do.

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JandyA Says
December 17th, 2010 | LINK

Walmart should now capitalize on this and begin manufacturing Home HIV Kits.

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December 17th, 2010 | LINK

There are places that actually use the 20 minute test? I’ve heard of that, but here in this midwestern college town, our local clinics still use the 2 week version. (Why a clinic and not a regular doctor, when I have good health insurance? Turns out the internist the insurance company picked as my primary care doc doesn’t really like talking about HIV/AIDS or his patients’ sexual health.)

I did get tested a few years ago, but chickened out during the waiting period and never went back for my results. Several boyfriends later, I’m now in the process of getting tested for real. I say “in the process” because I got tested last Wednesday, and have an appointment to get my results next Thursday. Merry Christmas, right? I’m pretty sure I’ll go back this time.

My point here is not to complain about my own experience. It’s to question whether this next newest testing system will actually make it out here to where the patients are. Goodness knows the last one hasn’t.

Daniel Gonzales
December 18th, 2010 | LINK

The idea of getting tested in a van in front of a nightclub always personally freaked me out but yes a minute-test is great news and I agree it will make getting tested less agonizing.

T-dog
December 20th, 2010 | LINK

I’m overjoyed by this one-minute-test but isn’t it still true that it takes several months for the HIV virus to settle in the body?
So even if you take the test the night after the “accident” you still cant be absolutely sure until a few months later?

Daniel Gonzales
December 21st, 2010 | LINK

T-dog, I checked the manufacturer’s website and it is indeed an antibody test so yes the window period still applies. Tho I should add I have friends who specifically request a PCR test to avoid having such a long window period.

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