In the early years when HIV was just a new medical condition, scaring those who think they are at risk of contracting the disease, getting a test for it costs a lot. Aside from the cost, anyone who wants to get tested will have to answer questions such as why do you think you are at risk while asking them to describe their intimate nights and escapade. As medicine and technology develop, so its HIV testing and today, if you think you are at risk, you can do the testing at home, away from the prying eyes of those people who love to judge others.
HIV Home Testing Kit
In 2012, OraQuick In-Home HIV Test Kit was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a trusted way of determining if someone has HIV or not. The advantages of this kit are:
- It provides accessibility for people who are far from hospitals
- It allows quick turnaround time for the result because it can generate the result within 20 to 40 minutes (compare to the time you need to drive to the nearest hospital, wait for the doctor to conduct your test and wait for the lab to process it).
- It allows people at risk of contracting HIV to regularly monitor their condition with this In-Home HIV Test Kit.
How to Use OraQuick?
Oraquick comes with a swab that you need to use on your upper and lower gum. After swabbing it, place it to the solution (inside a tube). Just like a pregnancy test, a line appears if the test is negative and if it is positive, there will be two lines.
Note: although this test is highly accurate, getting a positive result doesn’t mean that you do have HIV infection. It is still best to have a confirmatory test immediately if your In-Home test showed positive. A doctor can give you all the necessary tests you need and treatment. Do not self-medicate because HIV is a very clever virus and treating it depends on the current cycle of the virus in your blood. Since the release of OraQuick, other companies followed and created their own version of In-Home HIV testing kit and regardless of what you will be using, if the result is positive, it is best to seek medical attention immediately.
Warnings When Using In-Home HIV Testing Kit
- Getting a positive result when doing in-home testing doesn’t mean that you indeed have HIV infection. It only means that you need to get additional medical attention and get confirmatory testing.
- A negative result doesn’t mean that you are HIV free because the fact that you tried to test yourself means that you know that you are possibly exposed. Observe your body for any symptoms and if you have the money and the time, get a confirmatory testing at a hospital instead.
- If you have an active sex life with multiple partners or is engaged in a risky sexual activity that increases your risk of being exposed, make it a habit to go on test regularly.
- You should not use in-home HIV testing kit as your basis if you are healthy or not or whether you can have risky sexual activities or not.