Neight saidThe article is from early July, haha.
Yeah, I started a thread about this back then. Some guys here debated against the idea of an OTC test.
my apologies i didn't see it. but yeah it does raise the question of will the reduce other prophylaxsis use.
Among questions raised is whether home users will misunderstand the results. If the FDA-approved OraQuick mouth swab returns a negative, will the individuals think it's OK to have unprotected sex immediately? Because it won't be.
The test indicates the HIV status of anywhere from 3 to 6 months PRIOR to the test, due to the natural delay in the body's production of antigens in response to the presence of HIV. The OraQuick test detects those antigens and so is telling you what your HIV status was 3 months ago, not what it is today.
A person could have been infected during those 3 months immediately prior to the test, be HIV poz and capable of infecting others, yet the test will return a negative result, because the antigens will not have developed yet. Testing at home, outside a clinical environment where professionals would explain this, could lead to this fatal misunderstanding of what the test is really reporting. This 3 to 6-month interval is referred to as the testing window or blackout period, during which HIV cannot be detected but can still be present.
Another issue concerns getting a positive result. There will be no trained counselors available at home, as there presumably would at a testing center, to inform the person of their treatment options, and to give psychological support at this difficult time.
The OraSure company has said they will maintain a toll-free phone number for that purpose, but critics contend that will be inadequate for some individuals. Leading in worst cases to suicidal acts.