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The OraQuick® HIV Self-Test is a private, and accurate way to test for HIV in your own home. It is the same test preferred by many healthcare professionals worldwide. The OraQuick® HIV Self-Test uses oral fluid to check for HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies. It can give you results in about 20 minutes, and if you follow the instructions carefully the test can detect the virus in over 99% percent of people who are infected with HIV.

Because the test is a “screening” test, it is always advised to have a second test to confirm your results. The OraQuick® HIV Self-Test should only be used to test for HIV, and should not be used for other purposes. If you need to be tested for pregnancy or for a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or other infection, please contact your doctor or healthcare provider. He or she can help you get tested.

Oral fluid HIV tests are very accurate. In studies, the OraQuick® HIV Self-Test detected 100 percent of people who were infected with HIV and 99.1 percent of people who were not infected with HIV. If you have more questions about oral fluid HIV tests, talk to your doctor or healthcare provider. He or she can help you figure out the best test for you.

An HIV antibody test detects the cells that the body’s immune (defense) system creates in response to HIV infection. When HIV enters the body, the body starts to produce antibodies. In the case of HIV, the antibodies can’t fight off the infection. But, their presence can be used to tell whether a person has HIV in his or her body. Most HIV tests detect the presence of HIV antibodies, not the virus itself.

The OraQuick® HIV Self-Test can give you accurate results 3 months from exposure. Most people will develop antibodies to HIV within this period of time. If you test within 3 months of possible exposure and the result is negative, you may want to repeat the test at least 3 months after the possible exposure. Ninety-seven (97) percent of people develop antibodies within the first 3 months after infection. In rare cases, it can take up to 6 months. If there is a need to test sooner, please contact a healthcare professional in your area.

A false positive is when an HIV test shows that a person has HIV when they don’t actually have it Conditions that can lead to a false positive HIV test are:

  • Incorrectly reading the test as positive
  • Not following the instructions for use carefully
  • Not waiting 15 minutes after eating, drinking, or 30 minutes after using oral care products before taking the test
  • Having participated in a HIV vaccine clinical trial

Swiping each gum several times during oral collection A positive HIV antibody test is always followed by a second test with your healthcare provider to confirm the presence or absence of HIV infection.