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In April, it was reported in national news that licensed home HIV test kits were on sale in the UK for the first time.1 Of course, unlicensed (and potentially inaccurate)2 kits were available online more than 10 years ago, but a Spanish survey of >3000 men who have sex with men (MSM) conducted between 2010 and 2012 found that <10% knew that unauthorised tests were available online and <1% had used them.3 Home test kits have been available since 2013 in the USA; these are oral fluid tests, in contrast to the finger-stick blood test kit now on sale in the UK. A recent study found that a different finger-stick blood test for home use was more sensitive and specific than any of the four oral fluid kits tested.4 There are several arguments for and against home HIV testing, and this month's Clinical Round-up touches on the evidence that might support these arguments. In general, there is little research from the UK in …
Contributors Both authors contributed to background reading and writing the article, with LH as the lead on this occasion.
Competing interests None declared.
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