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Oral HIV test works, study says

24th April 2007

Poorer countries may soon benefit from a new oral test for HIV.

A study published in PLoS ONE said the test was 100% accurate in trials conducted in 450 Indian patients, compared with an accuracy rate of 99.7% for blood tests.

The test, known as OraQuick HIV1/2, has already been approved for use in the United States, but there were doubts over its accuracy following a number of false positive results.

The test, which will still need to be accompanied in rural areas by follow-up analysis and counselling, is likely to cost around US$10. It was developed by Orasure Technologies and has already been approved for use in Singapore and South Korea.

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