HHS extends use of rapid oral HIV test to physician offices and other sites

HHS extends use of rapid oral HIV test to physician offices and other sites

Genevieve Ressel

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has extended the availability of the recently approved rapid oral human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) test to more than 100,000 sites, including physician offices, counseling centers, and community health centers. HHS also announced funding of $4.8 million to add the rapid test to programs for reducing the spread of HIV/AIDS among injection drug users. The OraQuick ADVANCE Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody test provides results in about 20 minutes. The person being tested swabs once around the outer upper and lower gums, and inserts the swab into a vial containing the testing solution. The test, which is 99 percent accurate, will indicate if HIV-1/2 antibodies are present by displaying two reddish-purple lines on the device. As with all HIV tests, positive results must be confirmed with an additional specific test. More information is available online at http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2004pres/20040625b.html.

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