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.


September 26th, 2012

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

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

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

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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