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At Home HIV Testing: Guidance and Tips

Friday, June 12, 2020


The first home HIV test was approved in 1996 (and in 2012 for the first and only FDA approved home test), but uptake seems to have never been, shall we say, robust.

COVID-19 lockdowns have provided new movement toward expansion of HIV home testing, with subsequent guidance for agencies and consumers and new initiatives on the front-lines. Below are highlights on efforts to expand HIV home testing, not only in the context of COVID-19 but also in support of the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America strategy to diagnose all people with HIV as early as possible.


  • CDC issued a Dear Colleague HIV Self Testing Guidance letter in April 2020 supporting expanded home testing with a heads-up to jurisdictions on future guidance on surveillance reporting on these tests. In June, FDA updated its information on the OraQuick in-home HIV test in June, as explains in this blog.
  • HRSA Heath Centers can now purchase and provide the FDA-approved HIV home test to their patients. See the May 27, 2020 BPHC Bulletin: HIV Self-Testing.

Work in the Field

See Ryan White and HIV Testing Day (June 27)

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