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Saliva Should I Get Tested

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Innovative Rapid HIV Test Appears to Detect Acute HIV; OraQuick Rapid Saliva Tests Found to Be Not Very Accurate for High Risk Testers

My name's Chris Pilcher and I'm a HIV researcher from UCSF [University of California, San Francisco]. I'm principally interested in HIV diagnostics and particularly in detecting and managing acute HIV infection. The poster is appropriately titled,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Beijing to Offer Free Saliva Tests for HIV

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... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Supervised Blood-Based Self-Sample Collection and Rapid Test Performance: A Valuable Alternative to the Use of Saliva by HIV Testing Programs With No Medical or Nursing Staff

Some saliva-based HIV testing initiatives, the authors wrote, "have resulted in an unacceptable percentage of false positives," while in many countries doctors or nurses are required for blood-based HIV testing programs. In the current study, the... Read more »
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Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
Saliva testing with products like Orasure is very accurate. Positive tests should be confirmed with standard tests.... Read more »

Saliva Test

I'm looking to get life insurance; they require a saliva test, why?...
Nancy Breuer

Response from Nancy Breuer

WorkPositive, Inc.
Because they can. They're looking for HIV, and it's not precisely a saliva test; it's an oral test for HIV that takes a swab of cells from inside the cheek. If this is for individual insurance, which I assume it is, they have the... Read more »

new saliva test?

For years we've heard that HIV cannot be transmitted by saliva. If that's so, then why is there a new home test that may be approved and you take a swab from your mouth of saliva?...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,Actually "saliva test" is somewhat of a misnomer. This test removes particles from the inside of your cheek, not from your spit. The test detects anti-HIV antibodies, which are proteins that your body's immune system creates in... Read more »

Saliva testing for HIV

Do you feel a home HIV saliva test kit would be a positive or negative in slowing the spread of HIV....
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
This is really a difficult question to answer. Home testing has just started in 2 states (Florida and Texas) using a home blood test, and it's hard to predict if it will have any effect at slowing the spread of HIV. Only time will tell.Home... Read more »
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saliva test?

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
n e one know how accurae a saliva test is....and when is a good time to take one ? thanks

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Saliva Tests

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Are saliva tests just as accurate as blood tests? Read more »

Switch625 - HIV Saliva Test

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Switch - what do you know about the HIV saliva test being used by some insurance companies as a substitute for blood testing ? Is is accurate and how does it work ? Read more »

saliva test

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
How accurate are the saliva tests? I hear both on them...yet some HIV clinics only use them as their testing methods. Thanks! :)

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