Wednesday, July 4, 2012

FDA clears over-the-counter HIV test


The FDA has cleared the first non-prescription test kit for HIV.  It is a saliva test, with over a 90% chance of detecting HIV infection (through the antibody), and few false positives.

It could be very useful in Africa and undeveloped parts of the world, also.

It would not be considered an adequate test by itself to protect the blood supply.  And it would not be wise to rely on it as an excuse for “unsafe sex”. 

The Washington Post ran the AP story on July 4, here.

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