Ten-Minute Aids

Test A new FDA-approved assay cuts out the agony of waiting for an answer

For those who fear they may be infected with HIV-1, the virus that causes AIDS, the wait between taking a blood test and getting the results can be agonizing. The tests must be processed in a laboratory, and it can take days for a patient to find out if the deadly virus is spreading through his or her body. Last week, though, the FDA approved a new HIV test that gives results in just 10 minutes. It can be run in a doctor's office by someone with minimal training. All it takes is two test tubes, some chemicals, a medicine dropper...

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