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    • Abstract:
      Learning that you're HIV-positive may seem an awful fate, but not learning can be worse. People with undetected HIV not only miss out on early treatment but risk spreading the virus unwittingly. Reliable tests are easy to find, but because they can take two weeks to evaluate, many patients fail to check their results. Now a test called OraQuick can yield dependable results in just 20 minutes. A technician places a drop of the patient's blood in a vial of solution, along with a dipstick that develops a dark line when submerged. If the sample harbors HIV antibodies, the stick develops a second line, and the patient gets counseling.