Food and Drug Agency approved a new The OraQuick home test to find out whether they are HIV positive or not.
This test, by OraSure Technologies, is only available to people aged 17 and above. The OraQuick uses a mouth swab to detect antibodies in saliva, which a human body produces about three months after being infected with HIV. It produces results in 20 to 40 minutes.
The test is about 92% accurate in detecting people who do have the virus and 99.98% accurate in detecting those who don’t.
This means the test would produce a false negative for about one person in 5,000 and a false positive for one person in 12. Naturally, positive tests would require further confirmation by medics, who attain a higher accuracy of diagnosis.