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Rapid HIV tests

Guidelines for use in HIV testing and counselling services in resource-constrained settings

This document contains guidelines for the use of rapid HIV tests in HIV testing and counselling services in resource constrained settings and also presents an algorithm for the use of HIV rapid tests. It explores the role for rapid HIV tests in efforts to ensure increased access to HIV testing. The advantages of rapid tests are described, in addition to several practical considerations for HIV testing services. The authors examine issues concerning the accuracy of test kits and testing algorithms.

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