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Beijing to Offer Free Saliva Tests for HIV

December 1, 2008

Beginning this month, three Beijing hospitals will offer a saliva test for HIV. The oral fluid-based kit will make it easier to test for HIV in areas without proper facilities to draw blood and to test certain people, such as the obese and those whose veins may be hard to access, said Xiao Dong, director of the Beijing Association of STD and AIDS Prevention and Control. The test was developed by the US-based Calypte Biomedical Corp.; the kits are being donated to the hospitals by Beijing Calypte-Marr Bio-Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.

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