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News Summary: CDC launches pilot program to test market for free rapid AIDS test at drugstores

06/26/2012 03:14 EDT | Updated 08/26/2012 05:12 EDT
TRYOUT PERIOD: Health officials are setting up a pilot program to offer free AIDS testing at drugstores. The tryout involves pharmacies and in-store clinics in 24 cities and rural communities, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.

ENCOURAGE TESTING: By making testing more accessible and routine, the goal is to reduce the stigma associated with the HIV virus and encourage more people to get tested. Fewer than half of adults younger than 65 have been tested.

QUICK RESULTS: The test takes about 20 minutes and involves a swab inside the mouth that is then put in a solution. If positive, customers will get a referral for a lab blood test to confirm the results, and for counselling and treatment.

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