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Chembio HIV test

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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Chembio announces a new method for performing its HIV 1/2 STAT-PAK Dipstick test during the International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada. The new procedure involves placing the test strip on a flat laminate card like a "standard cassette test, yet without the cost and weight of cassette components," the company states in an Aug. 15 release. Customers can still use the original tube procedure as an alternate testing method. Chembio is moving closer toward OTC HIV tests since it filed a CLIA waiver application in July that allows the firm to market its tests to physician offices, clinics and other public health venues. HIV STAT-PAK Dipstick is not yet FDA-approved. Chembio received approval for its SURE CHECK HIV 1/2 and HIV 1/2 STAT-PAK tests in May 1("The Tan Sheet" June 5, 2006, p. 3)...
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