A new saliva-based test is said to detect HIV in under twenty minutes according to reports by Canadian researchers. The tests were used to determine whether 1,222 mothers in an Indian labor ward were positive or negative.
“In such cases, it is vital to determine the HIV status of the mother very quickly to prevent transmission to the child during delivery. Many Indian women do not receive prenatal care and therefore do not get tested for HIV during pregnancy,” study leader Dr. Pant Pai says in a statement.
“Testing in the labor ward is the last chance to prevent HIV transmission to the newborn baby. Also Indian patients often refuse blood collection, while saliva collection poses no problem.”
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