Warning on risks of HIV home testing

It has called on the government to instead focus on reducing barriers to accessing primary healthcare, and increase point-of-care testing capabilities. 

"There are real dangers associated with patients receiving a positive result at home without appropriate support and information from a medical professional. Single rapid tests, such as these at-home tests, are keyed for high sensitivity and have the potential to lead to a false positive rate of around 1–2%. Unnecessary distress as a consequence of inaccurate results without adequate follow-up and ongoing support from a medical practitioner poses a huge risk to patients," the college said. 

If the decision is not abandoned, it has demanded the TGA ensure suppliers provide comprehensive accompanying information outlining the possibility of a