By Dr. Brian McDonough

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – There is a new over-the-counter, home-based HIV test called OraQuick.

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The hope has been that this home test might lower the barriers to care or reduce HIV transmission. But, according to a report in the Annals of Internal Medicine, with its relatively high cost, the test is likely to attract affluent persons at low risk for infection, persons with very recent high-risk exposures, or those with diagnosed HIV seeking to find out if treatment has reversed the condition.

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It is important for patients to understand both the benefits and the limitations of the test so they may make informed decisions about monitoring their HIV status and engaging sexual partners.

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Home testing is a great idea but the bottom line is that follow up and counseling are key.