Fri., Oct. 9, 1998
There is still a lingering problem of rare false positive results, i.e., a test being triggered by some other condition of the body, such as pregnancy, when the person is not really HIV-infected. Just as with present tests, a positive result will still need to be confirmed by the western blot to be conclusive.
A fast test has been approved for use in limited medical settings for some time, but this will be the first time a version is available on a wide basis. And no, it is not an at-home or at-the-bar product. We'll let you know when it arrives at a doctor or clinic near you.
-- Sandy Bartlett, Community Information/Education Coordinator
AIDS Services of Austin
ASA Info Line: 458-AIDS