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To the Editor: We agree with Dr Branson's1 conclusion that home sample collection (HSC) human
immunodeficiency virus (HIV) tests are an important alternative testing method,
but we have 2 concerns. First, many points raised are similar to those discussed
in a background paper2 that was presented
at a Kaiser Family Foundation Forum held prior to publication of the JAMA
article. A 1-page summary of this presentation appeared in the Foundation's
report on the forum.3 Also, a report with
similar conclusions, although with more limited data, was previously issued
and distributed via the Internet by a test manufacturer, along with an editorial
by Branson.4 These papers and reports were
not cited or acknowledged in the JAMA article.
Phillips KA, Morin S, Coates T, Fernyak S, Marsh A, Ramos-Irizarry L. Home Sample Collection for HIV Testing. JAMA. 2000;283(2):198–199. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-283-2-jbk0112
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