Rub this across your gums.
Believe it or not,
you've just taken an accurate test for HIV.
Are you positive you're
Find out with Rapid HIV
No Names. No Blood. No Needle. Just Accurate Results!
OraQuick® Rapid HIV Antibody Test takes only
Just open up and say "Ahhhhh!" Clients insert the collection pad
at the end of the OraQuick device (seen to your right) inside the front of
their mouth and gently swab once, completely around both upper and lower
outer gums. The specimen that's collected on the pad is all that's
Based on the results from a large controlled clinical trial, the
OraQuick® Rapid HIV-1 Antibody test was shown to be 99.6% accurate for
positive (reactive results) and 100.0% accurate on negative (non-reactive)
OraQuick is intended primarily for outreach purposes to reach high
risk targeted populations.
Anonymous rapid HIV testing is provided free of charge by Louisville
Metro Public Health and Wellness HIV Prevention Services and Volunteers of
America's STOP Program on a limited basis.
We offer OraQuick at various
venues during the year throughout the community. Check out the
announcements page on this site to see if there are upcoming field testing
events which you could be tested at. If certain requirements are
met, HIV Prevention Specialists can
collect the OraQuick specimen sample in the field so you don't have to
come to the office to get tested. Over the past year, we've offered
OraQuick testing onsite at the
Festival, Tryangles, Teddy Bears,
Common Ground, in some area schools and churches and many more
We cannot share
your test results with anyone other than you. You will not receive a
printed copy of your OraQuick test results because OraQuick is an anonymous
test. If you want or need a printed copy of your HIV status, we
suggest you obtain a confidential blood test from
Public Health and Wellness Specialty Clinic instead. OraQuick
testing is currently not offered at the Louisville Metro Health
Department Specialty Clinic.
Frequently Asked Questions:
- What does a Reactive test result mean? A reactive test result
(referred to as a preliminary positive) means that there is an immune
system response going on in the body of the person taking the test. This
response could be HIV infection, but there are other
things that can cause a reactive reading on the test. Thus it is
necessary to follow up all reactive tests with a confirmatory test which
involves a blood draw. You should take precautions to avoid any chance
of spreading HIV. If you are infected with HIV, you may benefit from
special medical care. New treatments may help keep you healthy even
though you are infected with HIV. Some people stay healthy for a long
time with HIV. Others may become ill more rapidly. See a doctor even if
you don't feel sick. A doctor can help you to live longer. Other tests
can tell you how strong your immune system is and what treatments might
be best for you.
- What does a non-reactive or negative result mean? A
non-reactive test result means that HIV antibodies were not detected in
the specimen and the test result is interpreted as negative for HIV
antibodies. However, those with a negative result but a recent exposure
to HIV should get another test at least 3 months after the possible
exposure. This is vital since antibodies sometimes do not appear until 3
months after infection with HIV.
- What does an Indeterminate Result mean? Rarely the
results will come back as Indeterminate. An indeterminate result
cannot be interrupted as a positive or as a negative test result;
therefore it is not known whether you are or are not infected with HIV.
HIV testing should be repeated with a new sample.
- What is the "window period" for OraQuick? How soon after I am
exposed to HIV will OraQuick show if I am HIV positive? The "window
period" is the time it takes for a person who has been infected with HIV
to develop HIV antibodies. Most people will develop antibodies within
4-6 weeks after infection. Some people may take longer; but 99% will
have antibodies by 3 months following infection. The test may not give
an accurate negative result if a person gets tested too soon after a
potential exposure. Therefore, we recommend that people wait 3 months
from the date of last time you were possibly exposed to HIV before being
tested for HIV antibodies. You may have heard that HIV/AIDS can take
years to be detectable. That is not true. Here's the clarification:
AIDS, or the clinical symptoms that define this diagnosis, takes
years to develop after exposure. HIV -- the virus that causes
AIDS -- is detectable within three months after exposure, and does
not cause symptoms in most people.
- Is OraQuick a saliva test? No. OraQuick does not test saliva,
but OMT (oral mucosal transudate). OMT comes from the cheek and gum. OMT
has high concentrations of IgG (Immunoglobulin G -antibodies specific to
HIV); saliva has practically none. (Some people worry about deep kissing
. HIV is not transmitted by saliva. The only way HIV could possibly be
passed on by kissing is if there is blood from an HIV positive person
present.) The swab draws out HIV Antibodies (not the virus). The
counselor inserts the device into a vial containing a developer
solution. In as little as 20 minutes, the test device will indicate if
HIV antibodies are present in the solution or not.
- How often can I be tested? If you are sexually active we
recommend that you are tested every six months.
offer testing every 3 months but
not sooner. Since HIV anti-bodies may not be detectable
for up to 3 months, it is not necessary or recommended for any
individual to be tested more frequently than once every three months.
Upon completion of a successful counseling session, clients may chose to
adopt safer behaviors which would prevent them from needing testing so
Click here to read
the manufacturer's response to recent news concerning OraQuick results.
Click here to read the OraQuick
Patient Information Pamphlet (PDF).
You can learn more about
OraQuick by visiting the manufacturers website at: