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AIDS: Screening

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will introduce an oral swab for diagnosing acquired immune deficiency syndrome to effect rapid diagnosis. (250128)

Testing for HIV antibodies using oral swabs is available in England as a point of care test, used in particular outside health care settings. Results are not as reliable as tests using blood, and any individual testing positive using an oral swab test would be referred for confirmatory testing in a genito-urinary medicine clinic.