The 17-member US Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted unanimously for the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test and said that its potential to prevent infections outweighed the risk of false Results.
The Food and Drug Administration regulators will decide later this year whether to approve it; it does not have to follow the recommendations of the advisory panel, though it usually does, the 'BBC' reported.
The 20-minute test is 93 per cent accurate for positive results and 99.8 per cent for negative, the manufacturer said.
To take the test, the user swabs the outer gum area so the oral fluid, which is not the same as saliva, can be checked for the HIV virus. The test provides results within about 20 minutes, but the experts say the results should be confirmed with a blood test, which is more accurate.
In fact, the experts on the Blood Products Advisory Committee voted 17-0 to back the test, saying it would help people who are HIV-positive get access to healthcare and social services. (MORE)