Before You Begin


There are some basic preparations you'll need to make before taking the OraQuick® HIV test. Some people may feel a little anxious when taking an HIV test. But if you feel very anxious about taking the test, you may want to wait to take it, or get tested by a healthcare professional or local clinic.


Here's your checklist when getting ready for the test:

  • Do not eat, drink or use oral care products (such as mouthwash, toothpaste or whitening strips) 30 minutes before starting this test.
  • Remove dental products such as dentures or any other products that cover your gums.
  • Find a quiet, well lighted place where you can be for at least 20 minutes.
  • Always use the directions in the test kit to help read your results correctly.
  • If you use glasses to read, you will need them for taking this test.
  • Please make sure you have read the information on the back of the outer carton box.
  • Make sure you have a timer, watch or something that can time 20 to 40 minutes.
  • It may be helpful to have access to a phone to speak directly with a support person.

Other important information:

  • You must be 17 or older to use this test.
  • If you're HIV positive, or are on treatment or preventive treatment for HIV, the OraQuick test is not meant for you.
  • If you've participated in an HIV vaccine clinical trial, you may get a positive result using this test, but it may not mean that you are infected with HIV. You should seek follow-up with the research group.

Don't use the test if:

  • The tamper-evident seal has been broken or if any of the package contents are missing, broken, or have been opened.
  • The expiration date of the test is past the date printed on the outside of the box.
  • The test has been exposed to household cleaning products.
  • The test has been stored outside the acceptable temperature of 36°-80° F (2°-27°C).

Remember, this test detects HIV infection if used 3 months after a risk event. That's because OraQuick tests for HIV antibodies, and it takes your body up to 3 months to produce these antibodies at levels that can be detected by this test.