Johns Hopkins Offers HIV Self-Test

Johns Hopkins Offers HIV Self-Test
Innovation

In an effort to curtail the global spread of AIDS, Johns Hopkins recently conducted an in-hospital trail that offered self-administered HIV tests to Emergency Room visitors.

Scott Lachut, PSFK Labs
  • 2 november 2009

In an effort to curtail the global spread of AIDS, Johns Hopkins recently conducted an in-hospital trial that offered self-administered HIV tests to Emergency Room visitors. The standard tests – the same that health care workers currently use – require little more than a simple pin prick or mouth swab added to a test tube and 20 minutes to achieve results. Using basic written instructions included in the kit, 400 of 402 respondents correctly interpreted the positive or negative response that were later verified by hospital staff.

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