FDA approves first rapid, take-home HIV test

In this undated handout photo provided by Orasure a model demonstrates the OraQuick test, which detects the presence of HIV in saliva collected using a mouth swab. The test is designed to return a result within 20 to 40 minutes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first over-the-counter HIV test Tuesday, July 3, 2012, allowing Americans to check themselves for the virus that causes AIDS in the privacy of their homes. (AP Photo/Orasure, Chuck Zovko)Americans will soon be able to test themselves in the privacy of their own homes for the virus that causes AIDS, now that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the first rapid, over-the-counter HIV test.

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