HIV/Aids

Updated 08 November 2013

France okays home tests for HIV

Self-testing HIV kits will go on sale in France next year under a strategy aimed at reducing the spread of the virus causing Aids.

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Self-testing HIV kits will go on sale in France next year under a strategy aimed at reducing the spread of the virus causing Aids, Health Minister Marisol Touraine said.

In-home tests will be available "for people who do not want to go to testing centres or hospitals" to learn about their HIV status, she told a parliamentary committee.

Self-testing kits use a drop of blood from a finger or a swab sample from the mouth to detect antibodies to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), usually delivering a result within 30 minutes.

France recorded 6 100 new infections of HIV in 2011.

Up to 40 000 people in France may have the AIDS virus but not be aware of it, according to official estimates.

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