OraQuick in Home HIV Test: Correct Usage, False Negatives, & Accuracy

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved OraQuick in-Home HIV Test, the first ever over-the-counter test that allows people to determine whether they are infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus in the privacy of their own home. This will make it easy for you and me to know whether we are infected with the deadly HIV, but how reliable is this test?

OraQuick is extremely accurate when conducted by professionals but it does become less reliable when done by do-it-yourselfers who are the main target of the OraQuick in-Home HIV test. According to the New York Times, researchers have found that the home test is “accurate 99.98 percent of the time for people who do not have the virus”. This means that about one in 5,000 people would have a false positive test. In other words, OraQuick in-Home test will say that said person is positive for HIV even when s/he in fact does not have the disease.

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Antibiotic Overuse in Farms and MRSA Superbug Infections

Public health win: FDA ordered to act to stem antibiotic overuse in farm animals

It’s a hellish and frightening prospect — the chance of acquiring Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA), a staph bacterial infection that’s resistant to methicillin and common antibiotics like oxacillin, penicillin and amoxicillin.

Most commonly manifesting as ghastly, pus-filled pustules or boils that are red, swollen and painful, MRSA can quickly develop into a severe and life-threatening infection of the bloodstream, lung or heart.

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Putting Feet First Aims to Reduce Diabetic Foot Amputations

UK charity aims to lower rising numbers of diabetic foot amputations. A new initiative called ‘Putting Feet First’ aims to slash the numbers of amputations carried out on diabetics by a half over the next five years.

Sam Wright, 56, from Conlig, Northern Ireland is one of a growing number of diabetics in the United Kingdom who have lost limbs to amputation.

Diagnosed with type 2 diabetes more than 10 years ago, Wright admits that he didn’t immediately take care of his condition until December 2008, when he began to experience problems with his left foot.

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