Home saliva test for HIV unlikely to be approved

18.05.2012                      26.Ijar. 5772                    Tag 41 des Omer

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Home saliva test for HIV unlikely to be approved

Despite approval by FDA panel this week, Health Ministry unlikely to approve home test for AIDS virus anytime soon.

Although an expert panel of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week recommended the first over-the-counter home test for HIV/AIDS, the Health Ministry is unlikely to approve it for use in Israel anytime soon.
Over the years, the Health Ministry has insisted that in health fund clinics and public hospitals’ AIDS centers, the individual must identify himself before undergoing a test for HIV/AIDS. It has allowed some voluntary organizations, especially those involving homosexuals and foreign workers, to undergo HIV tests anonymously, but it has not encouraged it….