The Orasure HIV test can be conducted in two ways. First, with the Oraquick rapid HIV test kit. You can buy this kit and conduct a test at home. These kits are available online and are suitable for an Insti HIV test in less than half an hour.
Second, the “oral mucosal transudate testing.” You have to use a sample of oral mucus obtained with a cotton pad, specially treated, that is placed between the cheek and lower gum, preferably for two minutes. Then this sample is sent to a lab to undergo an ELISA procedure. If tested positive for ELISA, these samples undergo a Western Blot test which is a confirmatory test. The same pad is used for the WB test too.
The Orasure HIV test is the fastest and the easiest. An accurate STD test in 20 minutes! It can’t be faster than that. No driving to a test lab and no registration hassles. No stress of being exposed and no need to answer embarrassing questions. With an Oraquick HIV test kit at hand, testing is just a snap. Looking for an Insti HIV test? Look no further.
The OraQuick ADVANCE® Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody test kit is designed to detect antibodies to HIV-1 and HIV-2. On an average, it takes not more than 20 minutes to deliver a result that can be as reliable as it can get. It provides more than 99% accuracy which betters the standard test accuracy in HIV testing.
Flexibility in testing is the main advantage of an Orasure HIV test. This makes it ideal for testing in non-traditional testing environments. Guess what the mobile testing clinics use? So, there is no better solution for outreach programs offered by NGOs, institutions, and other non-profit organizations.
Why are these kits patient preferred? Well, what do patients hate most? Needles. These kits offer patients a painless accurate HIV result without the need for blood or needles.
What makes it ideal for both clinical and home testing environment is it’s designed to use a wide range of specimens for both HIV-1 and HIV-2. It’s approved for oral fluids or any other mucosal swabs which makes it ideal for non-clinical settings. For clinical use, it’s ideal too, because it can use finger-sticks or venipuncture whole blood specimens as well as blood plasma. Most of the test labs who send a kit home for HIV testing, send an Oraquick HIV test kit.
These kits are FDA approved, so they are safe to use. You can rest assured that you are not going to get scammed by a junk kit.
The disadvantages are very negligible looking at the positives.
A test within the window period tests non-reactive or negative. You must know the date of infection to ascertain the window period.
These kits are not widely available and it takes time, sometimes pre-ordering, to get one delivered at home.
A positive result with an Orasure test kits does not mean that you are definitely infected with HIV. So also, a negative result doesn’t mean that you are definitely not infected. There are reasons for these. These kits look for antibodies of HIV-1 and HIV-2. When the exposure is recent, particularly when it may have been within the last 3 months, in all certainty, there are not enough antibodies developed. In such conditions you test negative.
A negative test result doesn’t guarantee a future immunity. If you regularly engage in activities that put you at risk for HIV, you must test regularly.
Don’t use this kit to arrive at a decision, such as using a condom is safe or so and so method is safe because you got a negative test result. These are wrong analogies and this may put you at increased risk for HIV.
Note: The saliva pack contains antibodies to HIV only, not HIV itself. HIV can’t be transmitted through these fluids.