The Nebraska Health and Human Services System and the Nebraska AIDS Project will unveil a new HIV test next week that produces quick results. Those tested will have a finger pricked for a few drops of blood. Results comes back in 20 minutes. Traditional HIV tests require people to return a few days later to the test site to learn their status. The new test, called OraQuick, will be offered at two Nebraska locations--one in Omaha and another in Grand Island.
The quick turnaround time will allow the Nebraska AIDS Project to offer more testing among high-risk groups, said Audrey Hebel, HIV testing and counseling coordinator for the project. Stephen Jackson of the state agency said OraQuick is only a screening tool. Anyone whose OraQuick result reads positive would require more thorough testing to confirm the result.