Monday, January 13, 2014

Taking the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test

It's been a while since my last HIV screening, so I figured I was due. I usually go to Planned Parenthood, but this time I decided to do it myself, as it were. I stopped by a local pharmacy and picked up an OraQuick In-Home HIV Test.

It was $42.95, which seemed reasonable to me. Though, you can find them cheaper online if you're willing to wait for delivery. I wanted an answer ASAP, because I'm the impatient type. Remember having to wait weeks for results? Yeah, that was anxiety inducing. With OraQuick, you've an answer in under 30 minutes.

OraQuick in the box (above) and out of (below).

At first glance, the test appears a bit daunting. (What is this, a Voight-Kampff machine?) But really, it's a lot more simple than it looks. There's a lot of clutter in the box, including a pencil and a disposal bag and some literature on HIV testing and AIDS.

Easy peasy: It's just a quick swab of the gums, and drop the tester in a vial of whatever this clear liquid is. Then you wait. (That part is still a bit stressful. I made grilled cheese sandwiches to pass the time.)

The entire process in two pictures:

Swabbing (above); waiting on the results.

Twenty minutes later you've your results. It's much like a pregnancy test, with the pink lines indicating a positive or negative result.

If you're sexually active, you should get yourself tested. Know your status. Know your partners' status. Test regularly. OraQuick makes it quick, easy, and confidential.


  1. The only problem with this is you don't have any support or immediate resources if it shows positive...

  2. Well, the problem with needing to go to the doctor's office/clinic/wherever to get your results is that a lot of people don't go back to get the results (if it's the sort of test where you need to wait). Or they don't go to get tested in the first place.
    Also, in the link Deeky provided, part of the product's advertising says "Includes 24/7 call center support."