Rapid Oral HIV Test (cont.)
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Advantages of a Rapid Oral HIV Test
The rapid oral test is a significant advance because it may allow for testing of more individuals. According to the CDC, 1.2 million Americans have HIV, but one-fifth don't know it. About 50,000 Americans per year become infected with HIV. Among those who get tested using traditional methods, 31% of those who test positive do not return for their results (which are typically available one or more weeks after the test is done).
People give a variety of reasons for not returning for their test results. The frequency of each response depends on the population being tested. The most commonly given reasons include the following:
Other significant benefits of the rapid HIV test for oral fluid include the following:
Steven Fine, MD, PhD
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