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Home HIV test kits approved in US

• Sarah Boseley,

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved OraSure's home test, which the company says will now be available at 30,000 retail outlets across America in October. The saliva test provides a result in 20 to 40 minutes from a quick swab of the upper and lower gums in the mouth.

Until now, testing has been done all over the world almost exclusively in medical settings, with HIV specialists and counsellors close at hand so that people can get reassurance, support and immediate treatment if they need it.

But at least one in five of the 1.2 million Americans who have HIV and a quarter of the more than 86,000 infected living in the UK does not know it.

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