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.
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:
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.