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HIV infection. Home self-test kits avaliable by post

In April 2015, the over-the-counter sale of HIV infection self-testing kits was approved in the United Kingdom. This measure has fostered certain debate about the ethicality of this practice. A study published in the Journal of Medical Ethics (41; 809-813, 2015) concluded that there are no objective ethical difficulties for this test to become widely available in the United Kingdom, since it will facilitate more rapid diagnosis of the infection and thus reduce the possibilities of new infections. Characteristics of the HIV self-testing kit: The BioSURE HIV self-testing kit is simple to use and provides an easy-to-read result in 15 minutes, with over 99.7% reliability. It is the only legal method with the CE mark available for self diagnosis of HIV infection, and is simple, discrete, reliable and convenient.

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