For yall extra freaky people out there, who likes to get it in with people yall don’t know, you can now give your partner a test to see if he or she has one of the worlds deadliest diseases.
The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first over-the-counter HIV test, allowing Americans to test themselves for the virus that causes AIDS in the privacy of their homes.
The OraQuick test from Orasure is designed to detect the presence of HIV using a mouth swab within 20 minutes.
Up to 1Â out ofÂ 4 people who have HIV don’t know it.Â Government officials estimate one-fifth, or about 240,000 people, of the 1.2 million HIV carriers in the U.S. are not aware they are infected. Testing is one of the chief means of slowing new infections, which have held steady at about 50,000 per year for two decades.
FDA officials said the test is aimed at people who might not otherwise get tested.Â The OraQuick test detects the presence of HIV in saliva collected using a mouth swab. The test is designed to return a result within 20 to 40 minutes.
â€œThe availability of a home-use HIV test kit provides another option for individuals to get tested so that they can seek medical care, if appropriate,â€ said Dr. Karen Midthun, director of the FDAâ€™s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.
Orasure plans to launch the test in October, selling it through retailers like Walgreens, CVS and Walmart, as well as online pharmacies. Whereas the test marketed to health professionals costs about $17.50, Orasure expects the consumer version to sell for more. The company is not announcing a price yet, but said it would be less than $60. CEO Doug Michels said the additional cost will help pay for a toll-free call center to provide counseling and medical referrals to test users.
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