medfordguy saidOne other drawback I see for this test is that people won't get tested for other STDs following risky sexual behavior. However, I still think this home test is a good idea. They are supposed to provide a toll-free hotline for people who test postive.
The lack of counseling is one of the objections to a home test. How many will pick up the phone when they see the test return a positive result is a question being asked by health experts.
And the mouth swab produces more false positives than a blood draw, which is why a testing center will urge the person to immediately have a follow-up blood test if the swab shows positive. But that won't happen at home.
The fear is the false-positive person will begin to have risky sex, thinking they no longer have anything to lose, and become genuinely poz as a result. So these are some of the issues being debated about this home test, along with the usual Right Wing desire to harm and never help gays.