France okays home tests for HIV

In-home tests will be available in France "for people who do not want to go to testing centres or hospitals" to learn about their HIV statusSelf-testing HIV kits will go on sale in France next year under a strategy aimed at reducing the spread of the virus causing AIDS, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said on Thursday. In-home tests will be available "for people who do not want to go to testing centres or hospitals" to learn about their HIV status, she told a parliamentary committee. Self-testing kits use a drop of blood from a finger or a swab sample from the mouth to detect antibodies to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), usually delivering a result within 30 minutes. France recorded 6,100 new infections of HIV in 2011.



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