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Home Sample Collection for HIV Testing

Kathryn A. Phillips, PhD; Steve Morin, PhD; Tom Coates, PhD; Susan Fernyak, MD, MPH; Abby Marsh; Leslynette Ramos-Irizarry
JAMA. 2000;283(2):198-199. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-283-2-jbk0112.
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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.

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Figure. Responses to Survey About Importance of Characteristics Home Sample Collection HIV Tests
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Questions were asked using a 5-point scale, 1 = extremely important through 5 = not at all important. Responses were grouped into 3 categories as shown in the figure.



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