New Saliva-based HIV Test May Speed Up Detection

Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 12:14 in Health & Medicine

The usual waiting period for the results of a HIV test can seem like an eternity, especially in emergency situations where results are needed immediately. Also it requires a blood sample, which is invasive and often painful. Recognizing the urgent need for a faster and less invasive diagnostic method, researchers have just finished testing a new saliva-based test that gives results in approximately 20 minutes.

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