kencarson saidAren't the oral tests more likely to produce a false positive? And that's why clinics stopped using them? I'm I wrong about this?
Either way, these aren't the type of tests that should disregard the benefits of having qualified clinicians deliver a positive diagnosis. Removing expert health professionals from the formula and expecting consumers to do the right thing is a recipe for disaster, not success.
Will three out of four people who find out they're positive via these home tests do the right thing and seek professional help? I think so, but it's not the 75% that worries me. I anticipate a more pronounced increase in infections, particularly within specific populations, because of home test kits like these.
The Kübler-Ross model begins with denial, then leads to anger. Keep this in mind when you throw a home HIV test into the U.S. consumer mix. It's a scary concept, especially when you take into account the average U.S. citizen's lack of intelligence and common sense.
These tests aren't comparable to home pregnancy tests, and they aren't designed to save lives; they're designed to generate profits for pharma.