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US FDA approves at-home HIV test

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  1. Aryu Gaetu 3 Jul 2012, 10:16pm

    Usually the UK is medically decades ahead of the US. Do you have this already?

    1. Tests such as this are available in the UK – the clinic I work in uses a blood test which gives a result within 3 minutes.

      I have concerns about at-home HIV kits. As the report mentions, the window period for these tests is still 3 months and could therefore give false assurances to people who are at high-risk for HIV infection. I also have concerns for those who have a reactive test – would they know where to go for further testing and support? How are they likely to react to a reactive test result with no additional support or counselling?

      The test may have been given FDA approval but that does not necessarily mean it is a suitable means for testing.

      1. Even if it says it is positive it tells you that you still need a further test at a clinic – so what is the point of this other then a way of drug companies making more money?

        1. All HIV tests require a confirmation test regardless of where the initial antibody/antigen test was taken.

          Any initiative that increases access to convenient testings has to be a good thing.

          1. Londterm PWA 26 Jul 2012, 11:54am

            and when you do go for a confirmation (should the test be positive), you’ll also be tested for Hepatitis A, B and C, syphilis, etc. and those results will be sent on to your doctor and silly issues like consent will be brushed under the rug. BAD IDEA supported by those bandwagon jumping parasites at THT.

        2. Jock S. Trap 4 Jul 2012, 10:09am

          Indeed. I do feel that yet again this is more about the drug companies making money rather than the welfare of the potential patient.

  2. NutjobsareeverywheretheUNtoo 4 Jul 2012, 1:27am

    When will the patented cure be released ? The one pateneted in the us patent office by the creator of this virus. Probably enough money hasn’t been made and Africa the new emerging superpower hasn’t been brought to its knees yet.

    1. The only piece of medication you really need to worry about is Thorazine or Clozapine.

  3. Jock S. Trap 4 Jul 2012, 10:08am

    In theory this is a good idea.

    In practice it may not be. Any HIV result needs to come with care and help. Also the time frame is to be considered.

    I wonder how effective they are if even given a positive or negative reading could not be accurate. I feel this could lead to too many negative actions in error.

    1. I think before we move to full home testing we should expand the home sampling initiatives and ensure that those getting a reactive result are linked into direct care and not lost to follow up.

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