July 11, 2012 - The first over the counter rapid HIV test will soon be available for use at home. The US Food and Drug Administration gave its approval Tuesday. The OraQuick In Home HIV Test is a self-administered kit that detects the presence of the virus that causes AIDS. To use the kit, participants swab the upper and lower gums of their mouth, then place the sample into a developer vial. The results are available within 20 to 40 minutes. A positive result does not mean one is infected, but additional testing should be done at a medical facility. The rapid test kit is expected to be available in stores and online in early October.
Also, a new study finds transferring just one single embryo during in in-vitro fertilization greatly reduces the risk of newborn death. Researchers looked at more than 50,000 IVF births. They found the chances of having a baby that was stillborn, or did not survive the first month was 53 percent greater if two embryos were transferred instead of one.