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Home HIV Test now available

Timothy Kincaid

September 26th, 2012

Tomorrow is National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. So it’s appropriate to announce that the OraQuick home HIV test is now available at CVS, Rite-Aid, Walgreens drugstores, along with Kroger and Walmart. And if it hasn’t been distributed to your local store, you can get it online directly form OraQuick.

Although it’s priced a little higher than I was hoping, at $39.99 it is still affordable to many who should get tested but who are either afraid of the intrusive and highly personal questioning that some testing centers employ or who never find a ‘convenient time’ to get to a center.

And for those who don’t have an extra $40 (and unknown HIV infection disproportionately impacts those who are less economically advantaged), in a week I’ll revisit my suggestion for a new October tradition.

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Lord_Byron
September 26th, 2012 | LINK

I’m just wondering what the chances of a false positive are. It’s great that this is finally available.

Timothy Kincaid
September 26th, 2012 | LINK

False positives are about one in 5,000. They have a 24/7 counseling line and if positive I’d imagine that the counselor would advise getting confirmation with a blood sample. I’m pretty sure any treatment protocol would not begin without thorough testing.

Mike K
September 26th, 2012 | LINK

The concern that many of us have is that the possibility of extreme reactions. Many of us who are positive at least had someone there to tell us in a way that we did not do something radical. The home test takes that away. Even with a very small number of false positives, are we going to see an increase in the numbers that will “end it all”.. Concern.

Fenris Wolf
September 27th, 2012 | LINK

What about false negatives? This test told me I was clear as a bell, so I guess those 20+ years of anti-virals resulting in an “undetectable” reading are validated. Stop the presses.

This test should net Big Pharma another few billion$ through clever exploitation.

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