Doctor's Orders: Nov. 21, 2005

The Thin Blue Line HIV testing has come a long way since the mid-1990s, when patients had to wait as long as two weeks to learn whether they were HIV-positive and were given the news--which could be a death sentence--by a doctor, a nurse or a trained counselor. Now AIDS can be effectively treated with antiretroviral drugs, and FDA approval seems imminent for the first over-the-counter HIV test for use in the home: the OraQuick Advance. With a swab of saliva taken from the gums, the kit (currently sold to doctors and clinics for about $15) delivers a result--positive or negative--in...

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