Rapid H.I.V. Home Test Wins Federal Approval

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Food and Drug Administration


After decades of controversy, the approved a new test on Tuesday that for the first time makes it possible for Americans to learn in the privacy of their homes whether they are infected.



The availability of an H.I.V. test as easy to use as a home- kit is yet another step in the normalization of a disease that was once seen as a mark of shame and a death sentence.

The OraQuick test, by OraSure Technologies, uses a mouth swab and gives results in 20 to 40 minutes. A previous test sold over the counter required a user to prick a finger and mail a drop of dried blood to a lab.

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Source: The New York Times