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34 people test positive for AIDS through home test

TAIPEI -- Thirty-four people have tested positive for AIDS using a rapid saliva screening kit provided by several civic groups, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said yesterday.

Seven civic groups, including the Taiwan Lourdes Association, started to supply the test kits provided by the CDC last year to people unable or unwilling to go to hospitals for testing.

CDC Deputy Director General Chuang Jen-hsiang said that as of June this year, it had distributed 1,577 of the saliva screening test kits.

Among 1,533 who submitted their results, 34 were positive, 29 of whom have been transferred to hospitals, with only five yet to establish contact.

Chuang said the saliva screening test is quite simple — a scratch board is used to lightly scratch the gum to obtain oral mucosa, then the test results are available in around 20-30 minutes, similar to a home pregnancy test.

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