20 Jul 2022

HIV home testing vital for early diagnosis

HIV self-testing kits can improve early detection. Image: RACGP
Home-based tests designed to rapidly detect the presence of HIV could prove vital in the early diagnosis of the virus among the most vulnerable cohort, new research published in the Medical Journal of Australia has revealed.

Alfred Health sexual health physician and Monash University researcher Associate Professor Jason Ong said early detection is often challenging for overseas-born men who have sex with men. However, the self-testing kits, which are now readily available at pharmacies could soon change that.

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