Oral fluid -based rapid HIV test.
Oral Test - HIV
Orasure and OraQuick Advance HIV-1/2 are currently the only oral-fluid tests approved by the U.S. FDA. Fluid is collected from inside the mouth and analyzed using an EIA test and supplemental Western blot test, if necessary. Oral fluid tests are offered at many HIV testing locations.
For more info please do talk to your pharmacist/doc, take care.
The test uses oral fluid, which is slightly different from saliva. To perform the test, the person being tested for HIV gently swabs the device completely around the outer gums, both upper and lower, one time around and inserts it into a vial containing a developer solution. After 20 minutes, the test device will indicate if HIV antibodies are present in the solution by displaying two reddish-purple lines in a small window in the device.
ADVANTAGE : The test’s approval for oral fluids will provide a safe, accurate, and rapid HIV test for persons who don’t like to have blood drawn or their finger stuck with a lancet. In addition, healthcare workers face a much lower risk of exposure to infectious diseases from oral fluid than from blood. Contact with saliva has never been proven to result in HIV transmission.
The FDA approved the new version of the test for the detection of HIV-2 antibodies and for use with additional types of specimens. Until now, the OraQuick rapid HIV antibody test required a whole blood specimen, either from a fingerstick or a tube of blood. The OraQuick Advance test can now be used with oral fluid specimens taken from the mouth, with plasma, and with whole blood. Additionally, the new version of the test can be performed in a wider range of operating temperatures (59°F to 99°F).
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