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Testing For HIV At Home Category: Viral Infections by - July 16, 2014 | Views: 62312 | Likes: 4 | Comment: 9  

HIV Home Testing

HIV Infection Facts

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). HIV attacks the immune system and may cause infections and cancers to develop. Over time, some of these infections may become serious and lead to death.

In the US  more than 1.1 million people are living with HIV. About 15.8% (1 in 6 people) do not know that they have the infection. This is because HIV may not always cause signs and symptoms and someone who is infected may not look or feel sick. The only way to be sure is to get tested. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that anyone between the ages of 13 and 64 should get tested at least once. In addition, anyone that engages in behavior that puts them at risk of getting HIV should be tested. This includes those who have:

  • Had vaginal or anal sex without a condom or shared injection needles with someone who has HIV.
  • Had sex with someone who is HIV-positive or whose status is unknown.
  • Injected drugs and shared needles or syringes with others.
  • Exchanged sex for drugs or money.
  • Been diagnosed with or treated for hepatitis, TB (tuberculosis) or a sexually transmitted disease such as syphilis.
  • Been sexually assaulted.
  • Also, pregnant women or those planning to get pregnant should get tested.

There are many HIV tests available in clinics and hospitals that have been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration). In addition, there are two FDA-approved products for HIV testing at home: The OraQuick In-home HIV test and the Home Access HIV-1 Test System. They are both available for purchase over-the-counter without a prescription.

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