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June 18, 2002 | Reuters
Abbott Laboratories and OraSure Technologies Inc. said they agreed to co-market a rapid HIV test that detects the presence of antibodies for the human immunodeficiency virus in as little as 20 minutes. Abbott, a health products maker based in Abbott Park, Ill., will distribute the test to the laboratory markets at hospitals and physicians' offices. OraSure will sell the test in public-health and criminal-justice markets. Shares of Bethlehem, Pa.-based OraSure closed at $6.
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June 18, 2002 | Reuters
Abbott Laboratories and OraSure Technologies Inc. said they agreed to co-market a rapid HIV test that detects the presence of antibodies for the human immunodeficiency virus in as little as 20 minutes. Abbott, a health products maker based in Abbott Park, Ill., will distribute the test to the laboratory markets at hospitals and physicians' offices. OraSure will sell the test in public-health and criminal-justice markets. Shares of Bethlehem, Pa.-based OraSure closed at $6.
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March 27, 2004 | From Associated Press
The first oral test for the AIDS virus that gives results in 20 minutes won approval from the Food and Drug Administration on Friday, giving a new option to people leery of blood testing. It's the second rapid HIV test on the market -- the other requires pricking a person's finger to test a spot of blood. With the new alternative, health workers simply wipe a treated cotton swab along the gums and stick the swab into a special testing device for on-the-spot results.
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December 10, 2005 | Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writer
An oral HIV test that uses a swab to quickly detect the virus that causes AIDS provided false positive readings for about a quarter of the people it showed to be infected, the San Francisco Department of Public Health said Friday. Subsequent blood tests showed that 47 people who tested positive using OraQuick Advance HIV tests in 2005 were not infected, said Jeffrey Klausner, director of the department's sexually transmitted disease prevention and control services.
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December 16, 2005 | Rong-Gong Lin II, Times Staff Writer
The L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center said Thursday that it has abandoned the use of a rapid oral HIV test introduced last year, saying that it produces too many false positive results. The announcement came a month after a major testing center in San Francisco, the UCSF AIDS Health Project, made the same decision. The Los Angeles center found 13 people in November who tested positive for HIV from the oral swab test, but follow-up tests showed that they were not infected.
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November 8, 2002 | Charles Ornstein, Times Staff Writer
Federal officials approved a finger-prick HIV blood test Thursday that can provide results within 20 minutes, reducing delays that cause anxiety and lead many people not to pick up their test results. "This is a real sea change," said Lee Klosinski, director of programs at AIDS Project Los Angeles. "These results are so important The approval was announced by Tommy G. Thompson, U.S.
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February 21, 2005 | Daniel Costello, Times Staff Writer
When a rapid HIV test came on the market two years ago, prevention experts quickly predicted that it would become an important weapon in the fight against AIDS. The 20-minute test would encourage more people to find out their status and get treatment, reducing their chances of spreading the disease, health officials said. Research has shown that people who realize they are HIV positive reduce risky behaviors by up to 70%.
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