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WHO - World Health Organization
Title
Rapid HIV Tests: Guidelines for use in HIV Testing and Counselling Services in Resource-Constrained Settings
Imprint
World Health Organization, Geneva, 2004, 50 pp
ISBN/ISSN
92 4 159181 1
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Reproduced with WHO's kind permission.

Abstract

"This document reviews the characteristics of rapid HIV tests which make them suitable for HIV testing and counselling services and discusses practical aspects of their use. Consideration is given to counselling issues, the advantages of rapid tests and the precautions necessary in using them. Testing algorithms for the use of rapid tests and current WHO recommendations are presented. Although rapid HIV tests have been developed which use saliva and urine, this document concentrates on tests involving the use of whole blood, serum or plasma."

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