HIV Testing and Diagnosis

  • Author: Peter Leone, MD (More Info)
  • Editors in Chief: Daniel R. Kuritzkes, MD; Joseph J. Eron, Jr., MD
  • Last Reviewed: 1/9/18 (What's New)


  • In July 2012, the FDA approved the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, the first over-the-counter rapid in-home HIV testing kit targeted to individuals who would not otherwise receive HIV testing[FDA 2012]
  • Clinicians are encouraged to emphasize to patients inquiring about home testing that provider-based testing is less expensive and provides a direct link to counseling and support[Paltiel 2012]
  • Providers should ensure that their patients understand several basic facts about in-home HIV testing:

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