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Quick Uptakes
July 28, 1999

HIV Test Warning

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JAMA. 1999;282(4):317. doi:10.1001/jama.282.4.317-JQU90005-2-1

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has advised people who have tested themselves with home-use HIV tests to get a second opinion.

In a consumer alert, the FTC has warned that some of the home-use HIV tests give inaccurate results. "The FTC recently tested HIV kits advertised and sold on the Internet for self diagnosis at home. In every case, the kits showed a negative result when used on a known HIV-positive sample," the alert stated, adding that the kits could give an HIV-positive individual "the false impression that he or she is not infected."

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