Home Test Kits - PLEASE answerest ki
Sep 22, 2005
Doc, (or "quack" as we say in England)
I am writing from the UK. My partner needs to have an HIV antibody test (and recognises that fact and wants to test), but refuses to go to a STD clinic.
I am fully aware of the advantages of going to a STD clinic and have explained them to my partner, but giving the circumstances is a test with a "Home Test Kit" better than no test at all?
I know that Home Test Kits might not be as reliable as tests at a clinic, but presumably they are still quite good (i.e. not complete fakes)?
Are there any approved Home Test Kits and how can I find out which have been "approved"?
[I should state for the benefit of other readers that having attended a STD clinic myself I would strongly advise attending a STD clinic ahead of a Home Test Kit.]
Response from Dr. Frascino
In the U.S., the Home Access Express Test Kit is FDA approved. It is sold in retail and online pharmacies, as well as on Amazon.com, for approximately $50. Blood is obtained by a lancet and applied to a filter strip, which is then mailed in a protected envelope, using an anonymous code. Sensitivity and specificity approach 100%. Results are available by phone in seven days. I'm not certain, but I assume this test is also available in the U.K.
Hope that helps.
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