CDC offers prizes to boost HIV testing with home kit

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Taipei Times
Date: May 02, 2020
By: Staff writer, with CNA

An OraQuick in-home HIV self-test kit is pictured in Taipei yesterday.
Photo courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) yesterday started promoting quick home tests to detect HIV to allow more people to be aware of their status.

The CDC is promoting the “OraQuick HIV Self-Test,” which allows people to test for HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies with an oral swab in just 20 minutes in the privacy of their own homes, with the chance of prizes and free testing with each kit purchased.

The NT$200 kits can be purchased at 362 locations, including pharmacies and saunas, as well as from 26 vending machines nationwide, the CDC said, adding that online ordering with pickup at convenience stores would be available from May 12.

The promotion provides users an electronic coupon for another test kit to be issued free of charge when they register their initial results online, the agency said in a statement.    [FULL  STORY]

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