What is the OraQuick® HIV Self-Test?

The OraQuick® HIV Self-Test is a private and accurate way to test for HIV in the comfort of your own home. It is the same test used by public health professionals globally. The OraQuick® HIV Self-Test offers patients 12 years and older painless HIV testing without the need for blood or needles. The OraQuick® HIV Self-Test uses oral fluid to detect HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies and is 99% accurate.

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How Oral Fluid Testing Works

Most people assume that blood is involved in HIV testing. But with the OraQuick® HIV Self-Test an oral swab is used for testing and requires no blood. By collecting oral fluid from your gums, you collect the same material collected when doing blood testing. You just gently swipe the test swab along your upper gums once and your lower gums once. Then you insert the swab inside the test tube provided and get your results in just 20 minutes.

The material that is collected by the test is called antibodies. Antibodies are produced by your body as a response to an infection with a virus.The OraQuick® HIV Self-Test detects antibodies for HIV, not the virus itself. There is no risk of exposure to HIV from taking the test.

Rapid HIV tests that use oral fluid are safe and accurate, and they provide quick results. They're a good option for people who don't like to have blood drawn or their finger pricked. The OraQuick® HIV Self-Test also provides benefits such as convenience and privacy.

Rapid HIV tests that use oral fluid are safer for healthcare workers. The risk of exposure to infectious diseases is much lower from oral fluid than from blood. Contact with saliva has never been proven to result in the transmission (spread) of HIV.

A Name You Can Trust

The OraQuick® HIV Self-Test, manufactured by OraSure Technologies Inc., is the same test that has been used by medical professionals for decades. OraSure Technologies specializes in developing accurate, easy-to-use and versatile tests and technologies that enable medical professionals and patients to make informed healthcare decisions.

Taking the Test

Knowing your HIV status is important to help protect your health, your family and your future. Take the test and help prevent the spread of the HIV virus. No matter what the result, knowing your HIV status is important. Today, there are treatments which can stop the HIV virus from replicating in your body and can also keep you from transferring the virus to others, including during sexual intercourse. There are even new medications which can help keep you from getting infected with HIV. HIV-positive individuals are living full, productive lives and the key is to finding out your status as soon as possible.

The Importance of Testing

The growth of new infections continues to pose serious health risks. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), at the end of 2016 there were 36.7 million people infected with HIV. 30% of those infected, are unaware of their HIV status.

The fact is that HIV is preventable, and you can reduce your risk. Early detection can lead to early treatment and better outcomes. Many people live long, normal lives with early detection and proper care because of the advancements in HIV treatment options.

Who is at Risk for HIV?

If you have been exposed to risks that could result in HIV infection, you should test 3 months after the risk event. If you feel you are at increased risk of being infected with HIV, it is a good idea to test regularly.

When to get Tested for HIV

How often you should get tested for HIV depends on your circumstances. If you have never been tested for HIV, you should be tested at least once. In addition, the World Health Organization strongly advises for people exposed to any risk be tested for HIV annually. Some of these circumstances include:

  • Sex with multiple partners
  • Sex with someone who is HIV Positive or whose status you don't know
  • Sex between a man and another man
  • Using illegal injected drugs or steroids
  • Shared needles or syringes
  • Exchanging sex for money
  • A diagnosis treatment for hepatitis, tuberculosis, or a sexual transmitted disease like syphilis

How to Take the Test

You must follow the test directions carefully to get an accurate result. Do not eat or drink for at least 15 minutes before you start the test or use mouth cleaning products 30 minutes before you start the test.

Downloadable Instructions:

Explanation of Results

Interpreting the test is very simple. To understand your test result, compare your test stick to the pictures and descriptions in the directions for use found above.

Negative Reaction Device

Negative

If there's one line next to the "C" and no line next to the "T", your result is negative.

Positive Reaction Device

Positive

If there are two lines, one next to the "C" and any line next to the "T"—even a faint line—you may have HIV.

Negative Result Explanation

If your result is negative and if it has been at least 3 months since you have had a risk event and you have followed the directions carefully, then you likely do not have HIV.

If your test result is negative and you engage in activities that put you at risk for HIV, you should test regularly.

The most important thing to keep in mind is that HIV is preventable. Understanding how you can avoid getting HIV is important to protect yourself and your partner(s).

Positive Result Explanation

If your result is positive, there are a couple of important things you should do next.

A clinic or healthcare professional must confirm your test result.

There are also some things that you should know about HIV that may ease some of the stress or confusion that you may be feeling:

  • You are not alone
  • Medical treatments are available to help people live long, healthy, lives
  • Having HIV does not mean that you have or will get AIDs

With new treatments, many people who are HIV-positive continue to live long and active lives. They are also able to have normal relationships with HIV-negative individuals without the risk of infecting them with the virus. Ongoing research is finding better ways to treat HIV nearly every day. The key is to identify the infection as early as possible before irreparable damage is done.

About HIV

HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This means that HIV is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system, decreasing the body’s ability to fight germs. Germs can cause life threatening infections to a person whose immune system has been weakened by HIV.

HIV is not AIDS. HIV is the virus that, if left untreated, can cause AIDS or "Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome". AIDS is a very serious condition in which the immune system has been badly damaged by chronic HIV infection and can lead to death. There is currently no cure for HIV or AIDS, but medical treatment and a healthy lifestyle can help you stay healthy and improve your quality of life.

Who Can Get HIV?

Anyone can get HIV; men, women and children, people of any age, race or ethnic group, religion, economic background or sexual orientation.

Can You Help Stop HIV?

Yes, you can help stop the spread of HIV. HIV is transmitted from person to person during activities where contact with blood, semen or vaginal fluids can occur. By using a condom correctly every time you have sex, not using illegal drugs or sharing needles, and by encouraging your sexual partners and others to do the same, you can help stop the spread of HIV. Everyone should test at least once. Anyone who engages in high risk behaviors should test on a regular basis.

Help & Services

Knowing your status is important. Don’t be afraid to know your results. By knowing that you are HIV positive you can seek treatment, stay healthy longer or improve your current health. Knowing your status can also prevent you from accidentally passing it on to someone else. By knowing that you are HIV negative, you can help protect yourself and stay negative. By educating yourself about HIV and AIDS and taking an HIV test, you are doing the right thing to protect your health and the ones you love.

What if I Test Positive?

It is very important to understand that if you get a positive result a doctor, clinic or healthcare professional must confirm your OraQuick® HIV Self-Test result.

Although HIV is a serious infection, many people with HIV and AIDS live long healthy lives due to new and effective treatments. It can be distressing to get a positive HIV test result, but there are some things that you can do to take control. First you must visit your doctor, a local clinic or other healthcare professional to confirm your HIV test result. Only then will you know if you have HIV. Your doctor or healthcare professional will run several tests to determine your current state of health and get you connected with the care that you need to fight HIV.

If your result is confirmed by a doctor, clinic or healthcare professional, it DOES NOT mean that you have AIDS or will ever get AIDS. AIDS is a very serious condition in which the immune system has been badly damaged by chronic HIV infection and can lead to death. Early detection and treatment can help prevent HIV from becoming AIDS.

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