US approves over-the-counter HIV home testing kitJul-06-2012
The United States announced Tuesday it has authorized sales of the first over-the-counter home testing kit for HIV, the virus that leads to Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
The OraQuick In-Home HIV test is expected to be available from October at 30,000 American retail outlets, its manufacturer said, with the kit allowing people to obtain a result within 20 to 40 minutes.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the company that makes the kit, OraSure Technologies, hailed the approval as a major advance in detecting Human Immunodeficiency Virus infections.
The test procedure involves taking an oral fluid sample collected by swabbing the upper and lower gums inside a person's mouth, placing the sample into the kit's developer vial and then waiting for the result.
The FDA noted that a positive result from the test does not mean a person is definitely infected with HIV, but rather that an additional test should be done in a medical setting to confirm the result.
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