For the first time, consumers can buy an HIV test at the corner drug store. In the privacy of their own home, they can find out their HIV status in less than a half hour. While many are thrilled that this will reach more people to test for the virus tied to AIDS, many others are cautious saying the price tag is too steep for those who need it most.
Dr. David Paltiel says, "I don't think it's realistic to think that this test, particularly priced at 40 dollars at the retail, is going to do a whole lot to contain this epidemic." "This test is going to be an accurate portrayal of your HIV infection status 6-8 weeks ago, not what happened last night."
The test does nothing to protect you on the morning after a night of unprotected sex. It just gives those who are reluctant to go to the doctor a way to check their HIV status at home. It's an oral swab test that looks for HIV antibodies in the body, not the virus itself.
Any positive results should take you to the doctor to confirm that. The test is called OraQuick, and in Lubbock, it is only available at Walgreens.
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