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It's important that all individuals should be open to undergo a voluntary HIV test especially now that our health authorities are saying that 1 out of 2 people with HIV are not aware of their disease so we need this kind of information for our safety, so we can save our lives and become healthy)
Douglas Michels, President and CEO of OraSure Technologies, said, "Approval of the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test represents a major breakthrough in HIV testing.
Responses from 635 (528 emergency department, 107 acute care unit) patient questionnaires suggest the offer of an HIV test in this setting was acceptable to 95%.
In general, 41 percent of the sample reported having their last HIV test at a private doctor's office or HMO (see Table 3); about one-quarter (24 percent) of respondents sought testing at a clinic; and one-fifth (19 percent) received testing at a hospital.
At the same time, many AIDS organizations and human rights groups have raised concerns about making HIV tests "routine" (i.
In San Francisco about one quarter of the positives from the OraQuick oral HIV test have been false alarms, and 30 false-positives were reported in New York City in November alone.
74% recalled their provider talking to them about HIV testing and 73% reported having an HIV test during pregnancy.
Commenting on the FDA approval, Ronan O'Caoimh, CEO said: "We are delighted to receive FDA approval of our Uni-Gold HIV Test.
Studies show that more women are tested when the HIV test is included in the standard group of tests that all pregnant women receive routinely.
Just an hour earlier, in the throes of labor, the young woman had consented to an HIV test.
In addition, some women do not think they are at risk and refuse the HIV test during their prenatal care.
For more information on the HIV test kits approved by FDA, see HIV, HTLV & Hepatitis Tests.