HIV testing orally with OraQuick ADVANCE® Rapid HIV Antibody Test
Since July 2009, Dr. Catrise Austin has committed to making a change by screening hundreds of her own dental patients for the HIV virus. Dr. Austin believes that HIV Testing in the dental office should become a daily routine, the standard of care. Dr. Austin says, “Early signs and symptoms of HIV oftentimes appears in the mouth first, so dentists have a unique opportunity to play a significant role in detecting HIV and championing rapid HIV testing. I’m proud to be the first private dental practice in the United States to offer the OraQuick ADVANCE® test.”
The OraQuick ADVANCE® Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test, now used in a growing number of dental clinics and dental teaching facilities throughout the United States, is the only rapid HIV test to be approved by the FDA for use with oral fluid. To administer the test, our team member swabs the outer gums with the device and then inserts it into a vial containing a developer solution. The procedure is fast and painless, and delivers accurate results within 20 minutes. In the clinical studies by the manufacturer, the test correctly identified 99.3 percent of people who were infected with HIV-1 and 99.9 percent of people who were not infected with HIV-1.
This test is optional, but we are encouraging all of our patients to get screened during their routine dental visits twice a year to confirm their HIV status. Our goal is to diagnose early which prolongs life and hopefully leads to fewer people being exposed and infected. For more information on HIV testing, go to our video section of our website.