OraQuick In-Home HIV test box, informational pamphlets, swab, and sample kit

The OraQuick In-Home HIV Test is an oral swab rapid test that checks for HIV antibodies. It’s the only rapid at-home HIV test currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Approximately 13 percent of people who have HIV doesn’t know it. Thus, the virus is more likely to be passed on to someone else.

Testing is the only way to know your HIV status. It is important to learn your status to prevent transmission of HIV.

Many people are afraid of getting tested for HIV.

  • There is no access to medical facilities.
  • The results have caused anxiety.
  • Privacy concerns
  • Not having time to do a test.
  • There are myths and misinformation about personal risk.

At-home testing doesn’t eliminate the need to get professionally tested. But it can provide a reliable jumping-off point for learning more about your HIV status.

The application for HIV testing and protection is available through the Ora Quick test.

Pros

  • It is the same test that many medical professionals use.
  • The test has an accuracy rate of 91.7 percent for positive results and a negative rate of 99 percent for negative results.
  • saliva is used instead of blood.
  • Results are available in a few minutes.
  • “Results are provided at home. You don’t have to send your sample to a lab.”
  • Results are not public.
  • If you need help, there is a hotline. The number is unlisted.
  • The test is shipped in a brown box.
  • You can buy the test at certain stores.
  • It is relatively cheap.

Cons

  • Confirmation testing is needed.
  • It tests for the HIV antibodies, not the virus.
  • “The test doesn’t give information about the likelihood of the virus being transmitted.”
  • If you have been exposed to the virus within 3 months, it may not provide accurate results.
  • It does not test for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or infections (STIs) other than HIV.
  • There are false positives and false negatives.

OraQuick In-Home HIV Test mouth swab

The In-Home HIV Test is manufactured by a global diagnostics company.

Diagnostic tests for infectious disease are produced by OraSure. Many tests are manufactured by this company.

The FDA approved the first of its kind. It tests for HIV.

An HIV antibody test can detect the cells that your immune system makes if you contract HIV. If you test positive for antibodies to HIV, it means you may have been exposed and could have the virus.

“If you test negative, you probably don’t have the virus. If you were exposed within 3 months prior to taking the test, you could still have it. It takes your body 3 months to build up your antibodies after exposure.”

It’s still important to see a medical professional

There are false positives and false negatives. Follow-up testing with a medical professional is necessary to confirm your results.

Before the test

  1. Before taking the test, do not eat, drink, or use oral care products for 30 minutes.
  2. Before testing, remove any dental products from your mouth.
  3. “Make sure the package is not tampered with by checking the test’s expiration date.”
  4. The directions are found in the box.
  5. Have a timer that you can use.

Taking the test

  1. Pull out the bottom drawer when you open the box.
  2. The test tube packet is in the bottom drawer. The tube has liquid in it.
  3. When you remove the top from the tube, be careful not to spill anything. The test will not provide accurate results if you do.
  4. The test is faulty if there is no liquid in the tube.
  5. The holder compartment has a test tube in it.
  6. The packet labeled “test stick” should be removed. The test stick should be removed without touching the pad.
  7. The pad can be used to only look at your upper and lower gums.
  8. The test tube has a window facing you. The window will turn pink.
  9. The flap should be closed over the window.
  10. Your kit has something in it. Write down the time you put the stick in the tube.

After the test

  1. Your results will be ready in 20 minutes.
  2. You can read your results after 20 minutes if you open the flap that covers the test window.
  3. You can read your results in a few minutes. The results will no longer be accurate after that.

Reading the results

“One red line next to the C and one red line next to the T is the negative line. You probably don’t have HIV.”

One red line next to the C and a line of any color next to the T is the positive sign. You may have a sexually transmitted disease.

The test did not work if no lines appeared.

“Within 20 minutes of testing, you can get test results in the privacy of your own home. You don’t need to send your kit to a lab for analysis”

Even though the test is highly accurate when used correctly, false positives and false negatives are possible.

If you had an event within 3 months before testing, your body may not have had enough time to build up a noticeable level of antibodies.

Human error and test error can happen. If the test is exposed to high heat, it may produce inaccurate results.

Take a deep breath if you get a positive result.

You can make an appointment to see a healthcare professional. You may not have HIV.

If you do, a healthcare professional will guide you toward the next steps and treatments. Living a full and long life with HIV is not only possible — it’s also likely, provided you begin treatment early.

“If you get a negative test, take a test often, even if you don’t get HIV.”

Tests for other STIs such as herpes, syphilis, or gonorrhea, can help you rule out other infections, get treated sooner, and stay healthy regardless of your HIV status.

Practice prevention methods when you can that lower your risk and your partner’s risk of STIs.

The cost of the test varies from store to store. The one-time test kits cost a lot. Buying in bulk is not usually discounted.

According to the CDC, at-home HIV tests are sometimes covered by health insurance. If you have insurance, check with your insurer to see if they cover some or all of the cost of this test.

You can buy single-use kits online from the manufacturer or sites like Amazon. You can purchase the tests in person from a number of stores.

“Do not buy used or open test kits. Don’t make your purchase from websites that aren’t reliable.”

The majority of test users give high marks for accuracy.

The test is hard to use. There are someclusive results that need retesting mentioned in a small body of reviews.

If you have any questions about the test, you should talk to a healthcare worker.

At- home tests are convenient, but they should not be used as a substitute for a doctor.

Visiting a doctor is essential if you get a positive result. It’s also important to visit your doctor if you test negative but had an at-risk event within 3 months before taking the test.

“The test doesn’t give suggestions for follow-up care. Your doctor can help you figure out which next steps are right for you. They can also test for other STDs.”

The In-Home HIV Test is a safe, private, and effective way to find out if you have HIV.

If you have not had an at-risk event within 3 months before taking the test, you will get highly accurate results.

If you get a good result from the test, visit your doctor for further testing and guidance.