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January 12, 2000

Home Sample Collection for HIV Testing—Reply

Author Affiliations

Phil B.FontanarosaMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorMargaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorStephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Fishbein FellowIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2000;283(2):198-199. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-283-2-jbk0112

In Reply: Timely dissemination of information about the use of HSC tests was the intent of the Food and Drug Administration when it required HSC sponsors to collect this information and share it with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr Phillips and colleagues mention several venues where we provided preliminary analyses on the use of HSC tests. Their awareness of these presentations suggests that we succeeded in our efforts to make this information accessible to persons responsible for public health policy and planning concerning HIV testing. However, it is not customary to cite such preliminary presentations, especially when they have not been peer reviewed. Some of the data presented in our article had been posted on the manufacturer's Web site,1 as Phillips et al indicate, and I informed JAMA of this fact.

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