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Personal House Calls

April 20, 2012

Home test kits for pregnancy, blood glucose, and cholesterol are among the many available to consumers who want more involvement in their own health care. According to Iain Buxton at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, their convenience and accessibility may help diagnose conditions earlier and lead to more effective treatment.

Home Access Health Corp.'s home HIV test kit, the only such product approved by the Food and Drug Administration, retails for about $60. According to company President Mary Vogt, the consumer sends a finger-stick blood sample to the company's accredited lab via a prepaid mailer. To obtain test results, the individual calls a toll-free number and provides a code number.

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