What is home collection HIV testing?

Updated: Sep 19, 2018
  • Author: David J Cennimo, MD, FAAP, FACP, AAHIVS; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The FDA has licensed a home-collection kit for the diagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)–1. The test uses a double EIA, and positive results are confirmed with an IFA. The individual collects his or her own blood specimen, mails it to a predetermined address using a confidential code, and receives the results in 1-5 days. The results are confidential, and a counselor is available by phone.

For more information, see Home HIV Testing.


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