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Home tests for HIV given go ahead

7th April 2014
Previously, if you wanted to order a do-it-yourself HIV testing kit - you would have to order it online, send away the results and talk over the phone. The government have now passed a new law that allows for kits to be sold over the counter (even though no such product exists).

hivIn the UK it is estimated there are 25,000 undiagnosed people who are HIV-positive.

The kits will, most likely, involve taking a small drop of blood from a finger or swab from inside of the mouth. Dr Michael Brady, medical director at the Terrence Higgins Trust, said it was a 'shame' there were no products currently available.

The trust have found the demand for the tests would be high if the product were to be brought out. Since it offers an alternative route to clinics, where some might be too embarrassed to go.

A spokesperson for the department of health suggested kits should be available, at the very latest, next year.

She also added, "HIV testing remains free on the NHS - anybody with concerns can visit their GUM Clinic, GP or contact the Terrence Higgins Trust's confidential helpline. Self-sampling kits are also available to buy".


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