FDA approves first at home HIV test
Drs. Siegel and Samadi explain
- Duration 3:50
- Date Jul 8, 2012
Drs. Siegel and Samadi explain
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So the first ever over the counter HIV test approved by the FDA it's a kit that allows people to test themselves.
For someone they care about in private at home -- you get the results.
In less than thirty minutes does it really work doctor -- -- -- this Jamie they debate the research seems to show that it works in eleven out of twelve cases meaning that eleven times out of twelve if you have HIV they're gonna find.
And very rarely are they gonna tell you you have it and you don't.
But -- -- -- the first problem -- this -- you were anticipating -- if you're testing -- home for HIV and this is literally just swapping the -- And the FDA is now proving that you better have someone want mine to talk to about this.
If you actually find out you have -- it's a very startling.
Discovery -- deal within my practice all the time it's very traumatic and difficult.
But here's the good news -- this and why I really like this it takes about fifteen to thirty minutes to work.
And 20% of those in the United States who are HIV positive now do not know what.
And so they're out there spreading it without knowing it.
And you really have to know what I -- patients coming to me and I literally hand them something that serves HIV negative for the next date people that are single want to know that there HIV negative.
If you're positive we have all kinds of treatments we can offer you now retroviral treatments again this virus attacks the immune systems are so we want to get it before and overruns unions.
Interesting you don't hear about HIV as much stock to somebody it's become really a chronic.
Illness -- can be treated.
Is that something you should ask someone that you're seeing whether or not they have -- What do you don't want to directly ask them but you know what FDA would this particular test now you can tested in the privacy of your home that's a very good point.
And the fact that he's -- now it's a chronic disease once you get the treatment early on you can beat this one I like this -- like the fact enable this company's orasure.
The test is going to be all right quick.
That's a kid that comes -- is going to be available in October he can't get it from pharmacy is his age limit you have to show your ID.
You have to be seventeen year older to get this.
Very similar to the pregnancy test it takes about thirty minutes as mark mentioned that you can get this test -- -- can be done with blood or saliva you if you're going to go with -- -- you should not eat or drink anything for half an hour before.
What I don't like about this is the fact that we don't know what the price is going to be between seventy dollars to thirty dollars do you know that's -- -- be like discussing the future.
The other more important thing is besides a false.
Negative that mark mentioned is if you'd have exposure to -- Jamie you can get the morning the next morning I get tested it takes about three months.
For you to develop an antibody -- to get tested the next big and its negative three months after you have to get tested again and if there's any question you've -- you've got you just always as a citizen who once it's available on October I know what's gonna surge and it FDA also.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And that's important but I wanted to ask you doctor -- when he go to a hospital or doctor's office and you get tested for HIV if you have a positive.
I believe they used to have to report it may be to the department -- what happens with this is private in home but it is there an obligation to report that -- tested positive.
Not yet what you have to do -- if you actually have this test and it's positive to see your physician.
You know that this is -- -- unfortunately Jamie if you do this in the privacy of your home nobody but you was gonna actually know this positive.
And it's not so much that we want -- report people by the way it's we -- track things because of public health risk here.
So I I think it's really important and I agree with David this is a great test it's really important that -- view of a positive on this.
You see your physician right away I maybe even -- he -- she knows that you're doing.
This is treatable and it is discussion people should have and we'll see what happened in October great thanks to both in Iraq.