HIV Self-Test Kits Ineffective Among High-Risk Populations, Study Says
August 30, 2007
Some HIV self-test kits are used improperly by high-risk groups, and such groups can interpret test results inaccurately, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, Reuters Health reports. Vernon Lee of the Tan Took Seng hospital in Singapore and colleagues conducted the study at two major HIV/AIDS centers among 350 participants, 88 of whom were known to be HIV-positive, using Abbott Laboratories' Determine HIV 1/2 self-test. Ninety percent of the study participants before using the test said that the steps were easy to understand and that the instructions were easy to read and follow. However, the researchers found that 85% of the participants did not perform all of the test steps correctly or were unable to perform the test at all. They also found that as a result, invalid test results occurred in 56% of the cases, according to Reuters Health.
The study abstract is available online.
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