First Take-Home HIV Test Available in Britain

Good news all around in the medical world—the first home HIV test has been launched in the U.K. This test involves swabbing a sample of saliva and sending it off to a laboratory. Upon a negative sample, the person will receive an e-mail, if it is a positive HIV sample a doctor will call directly, urging for more tests because the saliva test isn't as accurate as the blood test.

The home test costs £25, which equals roughly $48. This is excellent news to help stop the spread of HIV. Hopefully the privacy factor will encourage more people to get tested, and maybe this home test will make its way stateside soon.

HIV home screening kit [BBC]