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NHS HIV saliva test available

21st May 2009

The Barts and the London NHS Trust has become the first in the country to offer an HIV saliva test that provides definitive results in 20 minutes.

The test uses a toothbrush to pick up HIV antibody markers from the gum line. The hospital hopes that the new technique will see more people seek testing if the need to give blood and wait perhaps up to a week for results is eliminated. With more than 7,700 infections in 2007, the UK has the highest number of new HIV infections in Western Europe.

 

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