Magic Johnson: Test for HIV in ‘your own home’ (video)
Published: October 11, 2012 09:25AM
Updated: October 11, 2012 09:24AM
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Former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Magic Johnson is interviewed after he appeared at a presentation for Orasure Technologies' OraQuick HIV test, on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, in New York. The company says OraQuick is the first and only rapid over the counter HIV test approved in the U.S. In his role as product spokesman, Johnson, who tested positive for HIV in 1991, will help to increase "awareness about the importance of knowing your HIV status," according to a statement from the National Association of People with AIDS . (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player Magic Johnson and HIV/AIDS advocate is the face of the first over-the-counter HIV test.

The test allows Americans to check themselves for the virus that causes AIDS in the privacy of their homes.

Orasure Technologies’ says its OraQuick is the first and only rapid over the counter HIV test approved in the U.S.

In his role as product spokesman, Johnson, who tested positive for HIV in 1991, will help to increase “awareness about the importance of knowing your HIV status,” according to a statement from the National Association of People with AIDS.