Finding out if you have the AIDS virus may soon be as quick and easy as taking a home pregnancy test.
The FDA is considering clearing the way for a home HIV test that would reveal results in less than half an hour. But is that a good thing? To be diagnosed at home, without counseling. The reason the FDA is considering an at home HIV test kit is, thanks to better medicines today, AIDS has become more like a chronic disease that can be controlled if diagnosed and treated.
There is still another problem with taking this test at home...it is not 100% accurate.
"We know that in the so-called window period or with early HIV infection that this test still will not pick someone up but that the risk of transmission is very high," says Wendy Armstrong M.D. at the Cleveland Clinic.
The test is called the rapid response HIV test and is already used in some clinics. It is simply a swab of the gums. Then, you wait 20 minutes for the results. An FDA advisory board is expected to consider approving the test for over the counter use in early November.