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Sunday, November 27, 2005

HIV Home Test Kits

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Thursday, February 17, 2005

FAQs: Which disease-fighting cells does HIV attack?

CD4 cells are a type of white blood cell that fights infections. They are also called CD4+ T cells or CD4 T lymphocytes. A CD4 count is the number of CD4 cells in a sample of blood. When HIV enters a person's CD4 cells, it uses the cells to make copies of itself. This process destroys the CD4 cells, and the CD4 count goes down. As you lose CD4 cells, your immune system becomes weak. A weakened immune system makes it harder for your body to fight infections and cancer.

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FAQs: What is AIDS?

AIDS is the most serious stage of HIV infection. It results from the destruction of the infected person's immune system. Your immune system is your body's defense system. Cells of your immune system fight off infection and other diseases. If your immune system does not work well, you are at risk for serious and life-threatening infections and cancers. HIV attacks and destroys the disease-fighting cells of the immune system, leaving the body with a weakened defense against infections and cancer.

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FAQs: I tested HIV positive. What does this mean? Does it mean I have AIDS?

A positive HIV test result means that you are infected with HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Being infected with HIV does not mean that you have AIDS right now. However, if left untreated, HIV infection damages a person’s immune system and can progress to AIDS.

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Saturday, February 12, 2005

FAQs: What can I do if the test shows I have HIV?

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Although HIV is a very serious infection, many people with HIV and AIDS are living longer, healthier lives today, thanks to new and effective treatments. It is very important to make sure you have a doctor who knows how to treat HIV. If you don’t know which doctor to use, talk with a health care professional or trained HIV counselor. If you are pregnant or are planning to become pregnant, this is especially important.

There also are other things you can do for yourself to stay healthy. Here are a few:


  • Follow your doctor’s instructions. Keep your appointments. Your doctor may prescribe medicine for you. Take the medicine just the way he or she tells you to because taking only some of your medicine gives your HIV infection more chance to grow.
  • Get immunizations (shots) to prevent infections such as pneumonia and flu. Your doctor will tell you when to get these shots.
  • If you smoke or if you use drugs not prescribed by your doctor, quit.
  • Eat healthy foods. This will help keep you strong, keep your energy and weight up, and help your body protect itself.
  • Exercise regularly to stay strong and fit.
  • Get enough sleep and rest.


For more info see www.cdc.gov

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FAQs: How do I know if I have HIV or AIDS?

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You might have HIV and still feel perfectly healthy. The only way to know for sure if you are infected or not is to be tested. Talk with a knowledgeable health care provider or counselor both before and after you are tested. You can go to your doctor or health department for testing or buy a home collection kit (for testing for HIV antibodies) at many pharmacies. To find out where to go in your area for HIV counseling and testing, call your local health department or the CDC National AIDS Hotline, at 1-800-342-AIDS (2437).

Your doctor or health care provider can give you a confidential HIV test. The information on your HIV test and test results are confidential, just as your other medical information. This means it can be shared only with people authorized to see your medical records. You can ask your doctor, health care provider, or HIV counselor at the place you are tested to explain who can obtain this information. For example, you may want to ask whether your insurance company could find out your HIV status if you make a claim for health insurance benefits or apply for life insurance or disability insurance.

In many states, you can be tested anonymously. These tests are usually given at special places known as anonymous testing sites. When you get an anonymous HIV test, the testing site records only a number or code with the test result, not your name. A counselor gives you this number at the time your blood, saliva, or urine is taken for the test, then you return to the testing site (or perhaps call the testing site, for example with home collection kits) and give them your number or code to learn the results of your test.

You are more likely to test positive for (be infected with) HIV if you:


  • Have ever shared injection drug needles and syringes or "works."
  • Have ever had sex without a condom with someone who had HIV.
  • Have ever had a sexually transmitted disease, like chlamydia or gonorrhea.
  • Received a blood transfusion or a blood clotting factor between 1978 and 1985.
  • Have ever had sex with someone who has done any of those things


For more info see www.cdc.gov

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FAQs: How can I protect myself?

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  • Don’t share needles and syringes used to inject drugs, steroids,
    vitamins, or for tattooing or body piercing. Also, don’t share
    equipment ("works") used to prepare drugs to be injected. Many
    people have been infected with HIV, hepatitis, and other germs
    this way. Germs from an infected person can stay in a needle and
    then be injected directly into the next person who uses the needle.
  • The surest way to avoid transmission of sexually transmitted
    diseases is to abstain from sexual intercourse, or to be in a
    longterm mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has
    been tested and you know is uninfected.
  • For persons whose sexual behaviors place them at risk for STDs,
    correct and consistent use of the male latex condom can reduce
    the risk of STD transmission. However, no protective method is
    100 percent effective, and condom use cannot guarantee absolute
    protection against any STD. The more sex partners you have, the
    greater your chances are of getting HIV or other diseases passed
    through sex.
  • Condoms lubricated with spermicides are no more effective than
    other lubricated condoms in protecting against the transmission
    of HIV and other STDs. In order to achieve the protective effect
    of condoms, they must be used correctly and consistently. Incorrect
    use can lead to condom slippage or breakage, thus diminishing
    their protective effect. Inconsistent use, e.g., failure to use
    condoms with every act of intercourse, can lead to STD transmission
    because transmission can occur with a single act of intercourse.
  • Don’t share razors or toothbrushes because of the possibility
    of contact with blood.
  • If you are pregnant or think you might be soon, talk to a doctor
    or your local health department about being tested for HIV. Drug
    treatments are available to help you and reduce the chance of
    passing HIV to your baby if you have it.


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FAQs: What do I need to know about HIV?

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The first cases of AIDS were identified in the United States in 1981, but AIDS most likely existed here and in other parts of the world for many years before that time. In 1984 scientists proved that HIV causes AIDS.

Anyone can get HIV. The most important thing to know is how you can get the virus.

You can get HIV:

a. By having unprotected sex- sex without a condom- with someone who has HIV. The virus can be in an infected person’s blood, semen, or vaginal secretions and can enter your body through tiny cuts or sores in your skin, or in the lining of your vagina, penis, rectum, or mouth.
b. By sharing a needle and syringe to inject drugs or sharing drug equipment used to prepare drugs for injection with someone who has HIV.
c. From a blood transfusion or blood clotting factor that you got before 1985. (But today it is unlikely you could get infected that way because all blood in the United States has been tested for HIV since 1985.)
d. Babies born to women with HIV also can become infected during pregnancy, birth, or breast-feeding.

You cannot get HIV:

a. By working with or being around someone who has HIV.
b. From sweat, spit, tears, clothes, drinking fountains, phones, toilet seats, or through everyday things like sharing a meal.
c. From insect bites or stings.
d. From donating blood.
e. From a closed-mouth kiss (but there is a very small chance of getting it from open-mouthed or "French" kissing with an infected person because of possible blood contact).


for more info see www.cdc.gov
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FAQs: What is AIDS?

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AIDS - the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome - is a disease you get when HIV destroys your body’s immune system. Normally, your immune system helps you fight off illness. When your immune system fails you can become very sick and can die.

for more info see www.cdc.gov

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FAQs: What is HIV and how can I get it?

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HIV - the human immunodeficiency virus - is a virus that kills your body’s "CD4 cells." CD4 cells (also called T-helper cells) help your body fight off infection and disease. HIV can be passed from person to person if someone with HIV infection has sex with or shares drug injection needles with another person. It also can be passed from a mother to her baby when she is pregnant, when she delivers the baby, or if she breast-feeds her baby.

for more info see www.cdc.gov

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India Starts First Preventive AIDS Vaccine Trial

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08 Feb 2005


Today began India's first-ever human clinical trial of an investigational vaccine candidate designed to prevent HIV/AIDS. The trial is being conducted by a partnership between the Government of India - through the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) -- and the not-for-profit International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI).

Announcing the trial, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr. Anbumani Ramadoss, said: "Developing a vaccine to prevent AIDS is one of the most difficult scientific challenges of our time. It is also one of the most urgent health needs. Perseverance is the way forward, and India has a long-term commitment."

For more on this story, go to Medical News Today.com

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Scary, new HIV supervirus strain

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Doctors have discovered a frightening new strain of HIV that is resistant to most drugs and can lead to full-blown AIDS very quickly.

NEW YORK - For the first time, doctors have diagnosed a form of HIV that New York City health officials say has two striking characteristics: It is highly resistant to antiviral drugs in a patient who had never been treated with the medications, and it quickly develops into full-blown AIDS.

The infection defied the typical HIV-to-AIDS profile by apparently developing into AIDS in a matter of months, officials said.

''We've identified this strain of HIV that is difficult or impossible to treat and which appears to progress rapidly to AIDS,'' said New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Frieden. ``We have not seen a case like this before. It holds the potential for a very serious public health problem.''

''It is likely there are others infected with this strain and this individual has infected others,'' Frieden said. The case is ''extremely concerning and a wake-up call,'' he said.

Dr. David Ho, director of Manhattan's Diamond AIDS Research Center, where the patient was diagnosed with HIV in December, said the combination of drug-resistant infection and ``his rapid clinical and immunological deterioration is alarming.''

The city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has alerted health care professionals and has asked them to test all newly diagnosed HIV cases not previously treated with anti-viral medicines for possible drug resistance.

Resistant HIV strains have been seen before, but only in patients who have taken antiviral drugs over a period of years. And HIV infection generally takes 10 years or longer to transform into AIDS.

GOT AIDS QUICKLY

The patient in this case, a man in his mid-40s, was diagnosed with HIV in December and got the AIDS diagnosis recently.

He had been tested for HIV over the years and had never tested positive, or been treated, for the disease.

Officials said the man might have been infected earlier than his December diagnosis.

But even if the infection occurred 20 months earlier, they said, the speed of the transformation to AIDS would be striking.

The strain, termed 3-DCR HIV, resists three of the four antiviral drug classes. The patient has shown resistance to a total of 19 drugs.

Officials did not disclose his identity.

They said he had told them he had unprotected anal sex with multiple male partners in October.

They also said he had used crystal methamphetamine, a recreational drug that dulls inhibitions, leading to unsafe sexual practices.

''It is the only diagnosed and reported case in the country that we are aware of in which the patient has received no previous drug treatment for HIV but has resisted the drugs and rapidly progressed to AIDS,'' city Health Department spokesman Sid Dinsay said.

City officials are consulting with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

`VERY CONCERNING'

In a telephone interview, Dr. Ronald Valdiserri, deputy director of CDC's National Center for HIV, STD and TB Prevention, termed the case ''very concerning,'' citing ''the intersection of the two phenomena that were reported'' -- the drug resistance and swift progression to AIDS.

He urged people being treated for HIV or AIDS not to risk becoming infected with the new strain.

Officials said efforts are under way to contact the man's sexual partners to offer them counseling and HIV testing.


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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Testing Yourself for HIV-1, the Virus that Causes AIDS
from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) / Center for Biologics Evaluation

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U.S. Food and Drug Administrstion (FDA) / Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research


http://www.fda.gov/cber/infosheets/hiv-home2.htm


Testing Yourself for HIV-1, the Virus that Causes AIDS


AIDS is a serious disease that can be fatal. You can determine if you are infected with the Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1), the virus that causes AIDS, by taking a test for the presence of antibodies to the virus.

The tests that are approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for detecting whether or not you are infected with HIV are available through your doctor or at clinics. For more information on the HIV test kits approved by FDA, see HIV, HTLV & Hepatitis Tests.

However, there is one HIV-1 Home Collection Test System that is currently approved by the FDA in which a sample for testing is collected in the privacy of your home and then sent to a laboratory for analysis. The "Home Access Express HIV-1 Test System" manufactured by Home Access Health Corporation is the only HIV-1 Home Collection Test System approved by FDA and legally sold in the United States.

Be aware that there are a number of different HIV home test systems and kits that are being marketed on the Internet and through magazine or newspaper promotions that claim to detect antibodies to HIV in blood or saliva samples and provide results in the home in 15 minutes or less. The FDA has NOT APPROVED these rapid HIV-1 home test kits being promoted on the Internet for use and marketing in the United States. Some of the HIV home test kits falsely claim to be approved by the FDA or manufactured in a FDA approved/registered/licensed facility. All HIV home sample collection kits approved to date by FDA require laboratory analysis and provide counseling for the consumer.

FDA warned consumers about an unapproved, fraudulently marketed home-use HIV test system labeled "Lei-Home Access HIV test" distributed by Lei-Home Access Care located in Sunnyvale, California in a press release issued on September 26, 1997. The "Lei-Home Access HIV test" was advertised on the Internet as the "Personal HIV Test Kit" and was offered for sale through several Central Valley pharmacies. After an extensive investigation by FDA, the businessman responsible for distributing this fraudulent HIV test kit was recently sentenced to over 5 years in prison for selling the medically useless HIV test kits to consumers in the United States.

The Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research is working with FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs and Office of Criminal Investigations in investigating firms and persons involved in the sale, distribution, and manufacture of unapproved HIV home test kits in the United States.



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The following Questions & Answers may help to explain how HIV-1 home tests differ, and how to select a test that you can trust.

Q. How many different kits are available, and how do they work?

A. There are more than a dozen different HIV home test kits being advertised on the market today. Only the Home Access test system is FDA approved and legally marketed in the United States.

Because the Home Access test consists of multiple components, including materials for specimen collection, a mailing envelope to send the specimen to a laboratory for analysis, and includes pre- and post-test counseling, it is considered a testing system.

This approved system uses a simple finger prick process for home blood collection which results in dried blood spots on special paper. The dried blood spots are mailed to a laboratory with a confidential and anonymous personal identification number (PIN), and analyzed by trained clinicians in a certified medical laboratory using the same procedures that are used for samples taken in a doctor's office. The results are obtained by the purchaser through a toll free telephone number using the PIN, and post-test counseling is provided by telephone when results are obtained.

The advertisers of the unapproved HIV home test kits claim that the presence of a visual indicator, such as a red dot, within 5 to 15 minutes of taking the test shows a positive result for HIV infection. These unapproved test kits use a simple finger prick process for home blood collection or a special sponge device for saliva collection. The blood or saliva sample is then added to a plastic testing device containing a special type of paper. A developing solution is added to determine if the sample is positive for HIV. The samples are not sent to a laboratory for professional analysis. Although this approach may seem faster and simpler, it may provide a less accurate result than can be achieved using an approved test, which is analyzed under more controlled conditions than is possible in the home.

Q. How reliable are the unapproved HIV home test kits?

A. Diagnostic testing depends on precise science. Unapproved HIV home test kits do not come with any guarantee of the accuracy of the test, or the sensitivity of the reagents used in the analysis. Nor do they have a documented history of delivering dependable results. Proper training to interpret results is not provided with the kits, and they do not have a validated record of precision. This means that they may not be as accurate and that they may yield inconsistent results. Users can get a positive result when they are, in fact, not infected (called a false positive), or the test may indicate that a person is not infected with the virus, when, in fact, they are (called a false negative). Both of these outcomes can have grave consequences in terms of mental anguish, access to proper medical treatment, and on future transmission of the disease.

None of the unapproved tests have undergone the intense scrutiny and validation required for FDA marketing approval. Although unapproved tests might be promoted as sensitive and reliable, the consumer has no guarantee that the results produced by the test are, in fact, accurate.

Even if they have been tested by independent laboratories, they have not been analyzed and validated by the FDA to assure that the test results were correct and reliable.

FDA is unaware of any data to confirm the reliability or accuracy of the process used in the unapproved HIV home test kits.

Q. How reliable are approved HIV test systems?

A. Approved HIV test systems, on the other hand, have undergone extensive study and review by the manufacturer of the product to ensure that they work, that the results they provide are specific, meaning that they will accurately detect antibodies to the HIV-1 virus that causes AIDS, and that they are sensitive, meaning that they can detect even low levels of these antibodies, indicating that someone has been exposed to HIV-1.

Clinical studies have shown that the approved HIV test system is able to correctly identify 100% of known positive blood samples, and 99.5% of HIV-1 negative blood samples.

In addition, manufacturer's tests on the approved HIV test system have been carefully reviewed by the FDA to assure that the tests conducted were themselves adequate to demonstrate that the system is capable of yielding accurate, dependable results. FDA review also assures that the system contains adequate directions for proper use, and that the quality standards will be monitored to ensure that each kit is as consistently accurate and sensitive.


Q. What about counseling?

A. The unapproved HIV home test kits do not provide direct counseling to help the user understand results, answer questions about the test or about HIV infection, or to discuss available options.

The approved HIV test system has a built in mechanism for pre-and post-test counseling provided by the manufacturer. Counseling is an important part of HIV testing. It is anonymous and confidential. Counseling, which uses both printed material, and telephone interaction, not only provides the user with an interpretation of what positive or negative results really mean, but provides information on how to keep from getting infected if you are negative, and how to prevent transmission of disease if you find you are infected. Counseling also provides you with information about treatment options if you are infected, and can even provide referrals to doctors that treat HIV-infected individuals in your area.

Q. Are approved HIV test systems really confidential?

A. The approved HIV home test system is anonymous. It can be purchased anonymously at pharmacies, or by mail order from the manufacturers. The mail-in system uses a confidential code number that is unrelated to the identity of the buyer or user.

Although some states require that new cases of HIV infection be reported to the health department, only the number of cases detected with home test systems can be reported. The identity of the user remains anonymous.

The number of cases reported allows local or state public health officials to assess the extent of infection to properly budget, plan and administer programs for people with HIV.

The lack of reporting of the number of new cases in a geographic area also means that adequate services for people with HIV infection may not be available in your area.

Q. Is one test better than another?

A. Since the approved HIV home test system has been independently tested, validated, and approved by the FDA for marketing, the consumer can feel confident that the approved HIV test system will provide the most accurate results available from an HIV-1 home test. In addition, the user is provided with counseling and referrals if needed. Use of an approved HIV test system also assures that accurate numbers of infection are reported to public health departments so that adequate services can be provided.

Q. Are there other ways I can be tested for infection with HIV-1?

A. There are several kinds of tests available through your doctor to determine if you are infected with HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS. In addition to blood tests, there is a test that uses oral fluid, collected from between the cheek and gum of the mouth, and a urine test.

All of these tests have been thoroughly tested and reviewed, and provide the highest possible level of confidence in determining HIV infection. All are collected in the doctor's office, and analyzed in a medical laboratory. Only a doctor or clinic can administer these tests.

So, ask yourself what is the best choice for you:

An HIV home test system that has been approved by the FDA for marketing after extensive review and in which you can feel confident about the results?

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An HIV home test kit that has not even been reviewed by the FDA and may not provide accurate results about whether you are HIV positive or negative?

Is it worth your time, money, mental anguish and your life to gamble on an unapproved HIV home test kit? Only you can answer that question.

If you are in doubt about whether an HIV home test kit you are considering using is approved, or if you have other questions related to HIV home test kits, you may call the HIV/AIDS Program of the FDA, in the Office of Special Health Issues for further information about this topic.

The Office can be reached at 301-827-4460.


Related Information:

HIV / AIDS

FDA Approved HIV, HTLV and Hepatitis test kits

FDA/State AIDS Health Fraud Task Forces




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Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Home Access® HIV test system - how it works pt.7

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Post-Test Counseling
You access your test result and receive post-test counseling by once again entering your Home Access® code number. Home Access® counselors are available to offer nationwide medical and social service referrals to people requiring further assistance. Counselors can search from more than 19,000 organizations included in the Home Access Health referral database to identify the most appropriate resource to meet your specific needs.

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When Results are Available
Results for the Home Access Express HIV Test Kit should be available 3 business days (not including Sundays & Holidays) after ship date. After receiving results by phone you may request a written copy of results by email or by U.S. mail. For more information click here.

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Laboratory Analysis
The Home Access laboratory is FDA approved and CLIA certified (laboratory registration certificate CLIA #14D0981820). Our procedures and protocols have been certified by the United States Food and Drug Administration under cGMPs (Current Good Manufacturing Practices). At the laboratory, your blood sample is tested by experienced technicians using the exact same test ordered by doctors' offices, hospitals and clinics, ensuring greater than 99.9% accuracy.



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Shipping
Your blood sample is protected by an enclosed weather resistant protective pouch which is placed in a self-addressed, pre-paid FedEx® or U.S. Mail shipping envelope, all included in the test kit. Your sample is shipped directly to our certified laboratory.

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Sample Collection
Using the retractable safety lancet provided, you prick your fingertip and place drops of blood on the blood specimen card included in the test kit. You only need enough blood to fill a circle the size of a dime.

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Code Number Registration and Pre-Test Counseling
You begin by calling a toll free number to register your anonymous Home Access code number and complete pre-test counseling, questions and demographic information. You can choose to speak to a Home Access counselor or use our automated registration and education system. Our counselors are available to help you with any questions or personal concerns.


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Home Access® HIV test system - how it works



Besides being fast, convenient and accurate, the Home Access® HIV test system is easy to use. Each test kit comes with a detailed instructions booklet with illustrations which will take you through pre-test registration and counseling; collecting a blood sample; shipping that sample to our accredited laboratory and calling back for test results, post-test counseling and referrals.

The Home Access® Test System is easy to use. Throughout the testing process, professionally trained counselors are available to provide assistance and to answer your questions. To protect your privacy, you are identified only by your eleven-digit Home Access code number (which comes with the kit).

Purchase Your Home Access® HIV test kit
Home Access Express® and Home Access® HIV home tests are available for purchase direct online, by clicking on one of this link:

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Home Access® HIV Express Test system

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Home Access® HIV Express Test system

Home Access Health makes the only FDA approved at-home test for HIV. This test is greater than 99.9% accurate and doctor recommended. There has never been a better time to get tested for HIV.

Test results and counseling are completely anonymous. Our simple at-home collection method combined with our accurate laboratory testing method insures that you get a reliable HIV test result quickly and conveniently. Using the Home Access® HIV test is a great first step in formulating your own personal prevention plan.

Now there is new hope in the fight against AIDS because early detection and treatment can save your life. New AIDS drugs are making a difference for hundreds of thousands of HIV infected individuals. While there is still no cure for AIDS, many infected individuals have regained control of their lives. New drug treatments have transformed AIDS into a manageable condition with some individuals having no detectable level of virus in their blood streams at all.
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Now there is new hope in the fight against AIDS because early detection and treatment can save your life.

New AIDS drugs are making a difference for hundreds of thousands of HIV infected individuals. While there is still no cure for AIDS, many infected individuals have regained control of their lives. New drug treatments have transformed AIDS into a manageable condition with some individuals having no detectable level of virus in their blood streams at all. There has never been a better time to get tested. Test results and counseling are completely anonymous. Our simple at-home collection method combined with our accurate laboratory testing method insures that you get a reliable test result quickly and conveniently. Using the Home Access® HIV test is a great first step in formulating your own personal prevention plan.

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What does "FDA Approved" mean?

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The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is the federal governmental agency charged with protecting the health and welfare of the American public through the regulation of food, drugs and medical devices, among other responsibilities.

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For medical devices, being FDA-Approved is an extremely important consideration for consumers and not to be taken lightly.

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HomeAccess® HIV Test Kit - The only U.S. FDA Approved HIV-1 test system
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Experts Urge Routine HIV Tests

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HomeAccess® HIV Test Kit - The only U.S. FDA Approved HIV-1 test system
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An Estimated 950,000 Americans Are Infected

Feb 9, 2005 9:17 pm US/Central
(AP) Urging a major shift in U.S. policy, some health experts are recommending that virtually all Americans be tested routinely for the AIDS virus, much as they are for cancer and other diseases.

Since the early years of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, the government has recommended screening only in big cities, where AIDS rates are high, and among members of high-risk groups, such as gay men and drug addicts.

But two large, federally funded studies found that the cost of routinely testing and treating nearly all adults would be outweighed by a reduction in new infections and the opportunity to start patients on drug cocktails early, when they work best.

"Given the availability of effective therapy and preventive measures, it is possible to improve care and perhaps influence the course of the epidemic through widespread, effective and cost-effective screening," Dr. Samuel A. Bozzette wrote in an editorial accompanying the studies, which appear in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.

A failure to institute such screening at doctors' offices and clinics would be "a critical disservice" to patients with the AIDS virus and "the future health of the nation," wrote Bozzette, who is from the University of California at San Diego and the Rand Corp. think tank in Santa Monica, Calif.

Dr. Robert Janssen, director of HIV-AIDS prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the CDC will re-evaluate its guidelines over the next two years, and will consider the study's findings as well as the availability of new, rapid HIV tests that produce results in a half-hour instead of the usual week or two.

Who would bear the cost of expanded testing - and the cost of the treatment, which runs to at least $15,000 a year - remains a sticky question amid government cutbacks in health-care funding. However, Janssen said the studies' findings could lead to some pri

One of the studies, by researchers at Duke and Stanford universities and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, estimated that routine one-time testing of everyone would cut new infections each year by just over 20 percent, and that every

HIV-infected patient identified would gain an average of 1 1/2 years of life.

The other study, by Yale and Harvard researchers, found that testing people every three to five years would be cost-effective for all but the lowest-risk people, such as those who are celibate or are in monogamous heterosexual relationships. And even for those people, one-time testing was found to be cost-effective.

Nationwide, about 40,000 new HIV infections occur each year. An estimated 950,000 people are infected with the virus, but about 280,000 of them don't know it.

CDC guidelines recommend routine tests wherever the prevalence of HIV infection is more than 1 percent - basically, cities and some densely populated suburbs.

"If you need proof of the fact that it's not working, look at all the people who have slipped through the cracks - 280,000," said A. David Paltiel of the Yale School of Medicine's division of health policy, lead author of the second study.

The VA-funded study found that in areas where about 1 in 100 patients has undiagnosed HIV - what the CDC calls high-risk settings - widespread testing would cost about $15,100 for each year of good health gained by people diagnosed with the virus, counting the benefits to their sexual partners.

Even in areas with an undiagnosed HIV infection rate of only 1 in 2,000- the rate in the general population - each healthy year gained by newly diagnosed HIV patients and their partners would still cost less than $50,000. That is the threshold at which health economists generally consider treatments to be cost-effective.

Paltiel noted the two groups of researchers had very similar cost-benefit results, even though they used different computer models.

"The cost-benefit to individuals and society is worth" widespread screening, said Dr. Lawrence Deyton, chief of public health in the Department of Veterans Affairs, which provides medical care to about 5 million veterans.

In light of the findings, he said the VA is going to urge more patients to get tested.

"We're going to take the ball and run with it," Deyton said.

(© 2005 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. )

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