DIY tests for HIV spark alarm

Two peak medical bodies have expressed alarm at new legislation that allows the sale of HIV self-test kits in Australia.

The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and the Royal College of Pathologists of Australia (RCPA) are concerned about inaccuracies and inadequate emotional support for patients.

“People who receive a positive result on an HIV self-test will require a laboratory blood test to be taken in order to confirm the result,” says RCPA president Associate Professor Peter Stewart, who worries that