raginraider12 saidBought the Orasure HIV Test here in Nashville yesterday. It worked great and I'm HIV neg. I think the biggest thing about this test is that it's simple to use and hopefully will increase people to get tested. I refuse to get tested at the local health clinics due to the amount of chastisement I have gotten for being gay here in Tennessee. I think this test will help those out who are afraid of being harassed by medical professionals in non open-minded states.
If any public healthcare professional gives you grief, they can and should be reported to your State Board of Professional Regulation. Do not tolerate it for a split second.
I believe Tennessee is a State where a positive HIV result must be reported by testing centers to the State Health Department by the individual's name, to be stored in a database. For that reason a home test may be preferable by many people who wish to maintain their privacy, and this reporting requirement is a reason many people are reluctant to be tested.
The downside that concerns some professionals is that a person who tests poz will not receive immediate emotional counseling and medical advice. But at the same time I must say that some of these testing facilities I've seen really don't offer much in the way of help, either.
You got a couple of guys in a mobile van who know how to administer the Oraquick test, but have no trained counseling experience. They hand out a brochure to the poz results, and advise them to see a doctor, and that's about it.
In any case glad the OP got tested, and is negative. This is the first report I've heard from someone who's used the home kit version of the mouth swab test, just available for sale this month.