At home HIV test hits the Ark-La-Tex

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 8:17pm

People who don't want to have an HIV test done at the doctor's office or hospital now have another option for the test. 

Ora-Quick, a fully at-home HIV test, is now available at local Walgreen's and CVS for about $40.

While this is a great option for a preliminary test, the Philadelphia House warns against using it as the only test. They hope that people who test positive on the Ora-Quick test will follow up at a clinic or hospital, are the test isn't a hundred percent accurate.

The test has a three month waiting period, so people must wait 3 months after having unprotected sex before the test can be administered. Eating or using any mouth products like mouthwash, gum or mints could also cause a false result, so it is important to read the directions before administering the test.

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