Southwest Floridians can now learn their HIV status in minutes instead of days or weeks. That’s thanks to a test available from the Collier County Health Department. “Oraquick” requires just a drop of blood, and produces results in 20 minutes. The health department’s Scott Tims hopes this will encourage people who’ve avoided an HIV test.
“ A lot of people won’t get tested… because they won’t wait two weeks to know their status.”
The rapid test costs $20. But, there is a catch. The test confidential… but not anonymous. Traditionally, people getting tested have the option of using a number to identify themselves. “Oraquick” requires the use of a name.
Thursday, 28 July 2005 01:00