The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reviewing the first ever test consumers could purchase over-the-counter to enable concerned individuals to test on their own -- at home and without having to see a doctor -- whether they have the HIV virus. Word is, the FDA is considering approving the test for consumers to purchase at a drug store or online.
The test is called the OraQuick In-Home HIV test, which reviewers think may help slow the spread of the HIV virus. This review comes just one day following an FDA panel approving the HIV pill called Truvada for HIV preventative use.
The concern over the approval with the at home HIV test lies in the concern over privacy. If the OraQuick In-Home HIV test is approved for OTC use, consumers would simply swab their mouth. The test would return a result in 20 minutes.
I don’t think I’ve been worrying more than usual, but my subconscious tells me different: I have had at least one nightmare every night for the past, oh, three weeks or so. Sleeping, one of my favorite activities, has become something I actually dread. I am so exhausted during the day from only sleeping one or two hours at night; I end up taking a nap, something I don’t want to do, only to have nightmares then, too.