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HIV home
screening launched in the U.K.

HIV home
screening launched in the U.K.

Getting results for an HIV test has become more convenient in the United Kingdom. The BBC reported Thursday that people can conduct an HIV test right at home and then send in a saliva sample to a lab, from which they'll receive results via e-mail or phone.

The kit, called Dr. Thom, detects in a person's saliva HIV antibodies generated by their immune system. If the test shows antibodies, the person gets a call from a health official, according to the BBC. If not, he or she receives an e-mail.

Home tests were previously banned in the United Kingdom because no immediate counseling was available.

A spokesperson for the maker of the kit told the BBC that the test cannot make a firm diagnosis but can tell if there are no signs of HIV. (The Advocate)

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