On Tuesday, July 3rd, the FDA made a groundbreaking decision that may change the face of HIV indefinitely. With at home HIV tests, people can be tested in privacy and perhaps, the stigmas of HIV may lessen, as this step will somewhat normalize the idea of HIV. There have been at home tests in the past, however, they still were required to be dropped off to a physician for testing purposes.
With the newly approved test, one can find out his or her status in 20-40 minutes. The test is expected to hit pharmacies in October at a “reasonable price.” The catch? Well, there seems to be none, except the fact that ID may be checked upon purchase — no one under age 17 will be allowed to buy the test.
For the full article from the New York Times, click here.