Test at home

Published: Monday 15 July 1996

The US Food and Drug Administration approved the first home screening test for the HIV virus, submitted recently to it by Elliot J Millenson, founder of University Hospital Laboratory of Bethesda, US. A person using the kit would draw blood from a finger, put it on a special laboratory paper and mail the sample to a certified testing laboratory. The results would be provided a week later by telephone. Negative results will be provided by an automated message, which will have information about what negative findings mean. Positive results will be given personally.

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