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Dried blood spot testing: an alternative to point-of-care testing in public venues?
  1. Sophie Flavell1,
  2. Clare Davison1,
  3. Natasha Anderson1,
  4. Nigel Burbidge1,
  5. Sowsan Atabani2,
  6. Steve Taylor1,
  7. David White1
  1. 1 Department of GUM/HIV, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  2. 2 Public Health England, Birmingham Laboratory, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Sophie Flavell, Mortimer Market Centre, Capper Street, London WC1E 6JB, UK; sophie.flavell{at}nhs.net

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In considering targeting of HIV testing, National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance pinpoints men who have sex with men and Black minority ethnic (BME) communities.1–3 In particular, it has been recommended that testing be taken out to these communities to help overcome barriers to testing. Venepuncture is difficult in community settings, and point-of-care testing (POCT) is seen as a more viable alternative, but both require skill either in the procedure or delivering a result. Dried blood spot (DBS) sampling offers an alternative method to venepuncture and POCT and has …

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