Health Saliva HIV test gives results in minutes

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MONTREAL, May 7 (UPI) -- A saliva test could help speed up detection of human immmunodeficiency virus, or HIV, Canadian researchers say.

The McGill University Health Center study, published in PLoS Medicine, demonstrated the efficacy of rapid saliva tests for all subtypes of HIV-1 and HIV-2 and produced results in as little as 20 minutes.

The saliva test, based on a method called immunochromatography, was used on 1,222 mothers in a labor ward in India using both saliva and blood samples. The results from both types of tests corresponded.

The labor ward saliva tests helped identify several HIV infected women who were about to give birth.

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