The HIV Home Test: How Accurate Is It Really?

OraQuick HIV home testing kitIn July of 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first home test kit for HIV infection. Individuals can purchase the kit at stores and pharmacies and even on-line to test themselves in the privacy of their homes.

When the test was introduced, Magic Johnson endorsed the OraQuick test kit as a “Game-Changer” for us, in light of the intense stigma against HIV in the Black and Latino communities.

So is it really a “Game-Changer”? Here are my thoughts on that. First, consider these two scenarios.

Scenario 1

Darnita takes the HIV home test and gets a positive result.  She is terrified and feels she must disclose her status to her boyfriend Dalonte.  Angered by her admission, Dalonte demands a test and threatens to kill Darnita if he too is positive.  His test is also positive.  It turns out that Dalonte was the one who infected Darnita.