WASHINGTON (WUSA)-- Americans can now get their hands on the first take-home rapid HIV tests. The Food and Drug Administration has approved the over-the-counter HIV tests, which takes about 20 minutes to detect the virus.
The OraQuick test from OraSure is designed to use a mouth swab to find antibodies to the virus. If a single line appears on the test strip, the result is non reactive, which means no HIV was found in the testing sample. But if two lines appear, the result is considered to be reactive and the patient should visit a infectious disease clinic.
About 1 in 5 people in the U.S. living with HIV are not aware of their status, according to womenshealth.gov. The sooner a patient is diagnosed and receiving proper medical care, the better the outcome.
OraQuick is the first FDA approved take home HIV test kit that does not require patients to send it to a laboratory for the result.
The test is not 100 percent accurate, according to OraSure.