Orasure HIV Test

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    Oct 07, 2012 4:56 AM GMT
    Bought 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. IMAGE HTTP ADDRESS GOES HERE
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    Oct 07, 2012 1:17 PM GMT
    Dude - you're probably right.

    Thing is though, even straight people in Nashville will be getting HIV. Surely you don't have to leave a detailed description of what it was you did before getting a test?

    You could have slept with a girl who you found out was an IV drug user afterwards for example.

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    Oct 07, 2012 1:22 PM GMT
    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. IMAGE HTTP ADDRESS GOES HERE


    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. County Public Health agencies report (anononous) information to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If your State Board of Professional Regulation won't take action, contact the CDCP at www.cdc.gov
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    Oct 07, 2012 1:32 PM GMT
    starboard5 said
    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. IMAGE HTTP ADDRESS GOES HERE


    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.
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    Oct 08, 2012 12:02 AM GMT
    I saw a kit at a local Rite Aid for sale for $40. There was an article in the Saturday NY Times on the public sale of the kits. Interestingly, a good percentage planned to use it to test others! I guess kind of a dual test before the action. Others complained that to test multiple partners at $40 per test (for one) it is a steep price. The technology the article pointed out is the same as home preg tests which go for $4.