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Wednesday, 04 July 2012 - 11:20
US approves first over-the-counter HIV home-use test
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A home HIV test is expected to go on sale in the US within months, after winning regulator approval.

The OraQuick test checks saliva from a mouth swab for HIV and can produce results in 20 to 40 minutes.

Government estimates suggest 1.2 million people in the US are HIV-positive, but 20% do not know they are.

The Food and Drug Administration has said it hopes the over-the-counter test will reach people who might not otherwise get tested.

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