New York City Hospitals to Offer Rapid HIV Tests
April 1, 2008
New York City hospitals will soon begin offering rapid HIV tests to "tens of thousands" of people, the New York Daily News reports. Under a deal negotiated by New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D), OraSure Technologies will provide hospitals in the city with its OraQuick Advance Rapid HIV 1/2 Antibody Test at no cost (Lucadamo, New York Daily News, 3/30). The OraQuick test requires users to swab their gums and then place the swab in a holder. After 20 minutes, one line appears on the strip if the test result is negative and the person is HIV-negative, and two appear if the result is positive and the person is HIV-positive. Positive results require a follow-up test with a medical professional for confirmation (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 8/15/07).
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