The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved the first rapid, over-the-counter HIV test in the United States called OraQuick. The test, which uses an oral mouth swab, is designed to detect the presence of HIV in 20 minutes. The FDA has stressed that the OraQuick test is not 100 percent effective, but in consumer trials was able to detect the presence of HIV with 92 percent accuracy.
The OraQuick test will allow people to test themselves for HIV in the privacy of their own homes and could potentially increase the numbers of people getting HIV tested. Testing is regarded as a key component to reducing the rate of new HIV infections.
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