Posted: May 16, 2012 8:03 AM by NBC News (CC)
Updated: May 16, 2012 8:39 AM
A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has asked the agency to approve a home HIV test that will tell users whether they have the virus within twenty minutes.
Rapid HIV testing has been available in medical clinics for years.
Studies show the Oraquick In-home HIV test can correctly diagnose the illness in 93 percent of patients.
There are some concerns people who learn they have the virus will not seek medical care, but supporters of the test said it will likely increase the number of people screened for the virus, which should lead to fewer people spreading the illness.
"This is an opportunity to push the envelope and see if we can make a dent in the number of newly infected individuals in the US," said Peter Leone, M.D. from the U.N.C. School of Medicine.
Experts predict there are more than 200-thousand Americans infected with HIV who don't know they have the virus.
The F.D.A. usually follows the recommendation of its advisory panel.