FDA Approves First-Ever Home HIV Test

On October 10, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved OraQuick, the first over-the-counter HIV test that can be taken in the privacy of one’s home. Using a saliva sample, the test correctly identifies the virus 92 percent of the time. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that about 20 percent of the 1.1 million HIV-positive Americans don’t realize they are infected with the virus, and OraQuick could help encourage more Americans to get tested. This is the second recent advancement that the FDA has made in the fight against HIV/AIDS. In August, the agency approved a new once-a-day pill to treat HIV patients. — Greg Noth