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US approves HIV “home test”

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 25 May 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1317

The first “home test” to detect HIV was approved in the US last week by the Food and Drug Administration. Until now, all HIV tests, whether they use samples of blood or saliva, have been done under the supervision of a health professional at hospitals, clinics, or doctors' offices. The new test, which will go on sale in pharmacies in June, is not a test that can be completed entirely at home, however. After purchasing a kit, a person begins the testing process …

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