POLL: Will Everyone Go Oral For The New At-Home HIV Test?
By: Daniel Villarreal
Check out the results to last week's reader poll here.
Getting tested for HIV can be nerve wracking. There's waiting alone at the clinic, recounting your entire sexual history to a stranger, bleeding into a vial and then waiting around afterwards just to see if you have a lethal disease.
But the FDA recently approved an over-the-counter productcalled OraSure (pictured left)which will allow people to test for HIV at home in 20 minutes with a simple oral swab.
The test is 99.9 percent accurate and comes with a 24-hour hotline for people to discuss their results.
But while it could help inform the 232,700 HIV-positive Americans who don't know their status, the $35 cost could also prevent more people from buying it.