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For the first time in history, people will be able to learn whether they are infected with HIV from the privacy of their own homes. The newly approved test is the equivalent of an at-home pregnancy kit, using a line to indicate whether a person is positive or negative. Researchers believe that knowledge is power, and that part of getting this disease under control is tied to making people aware of their HIV status. So, for most, this new test is a win.
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On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new test that will allow Americans to test themselves for HIV infection in their own homes for the first time. OraSure Technologies’ OraQuick test gains results from a mouth swab in 20-40 minutes. Previous home tests involved needles and mailing dried b***d to a lab. The [...]