HIV point-of-care testing 'might increase transmission'

Queensland will next month become the first state to implement the 20-minute test as part of regular clinical practice. However, ongoing confusion over TGA conditions on the use of the Alere Determine Combo HIV 1/2 Ag/Ab test has not yet been resolved.

Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) spokesperson Dr Gillian Wood said the test could do more harm than good, unless several issues were addressed.

“We have easily accessible, free and accurate laboratory HIV testing which we are potentially replacing with a test that