AIDS HOME TEST KITS

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dc.contributor.advisor Hutt, Peter Barton en_US
dc.contributor.author Silliman, Amy L. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2012-06-07T20:35:52Z
dc.date.issued 1994 en_US
dc.identifier.citation AIDS HOME TEST KITS (1994 Third Year Paper) en
dc.identifier.uri http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:8852169
dc.description.abstract Given the emphasis on private, confidential and voluntary testing, the idea of an AIDS home test kit was inevitable. What could be more private, confidential and voluntary (and profitable) than buying a test kit at a drug store to take home and use? in 1986 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began receiving applications for various kinds of AIDS home test kits and immediately found itself at the center of a political maelstrom. Congressional subcommittees, AIDS activists, the gay community, doctors and scientists were quickly pitted against several entrepreneurs interested in bringing these products to market. FDA responded by refusing to even consider and evaluate any applications for AIDS home test kits for several years. Finally, in 1990 the FDA effectively reversed this policy and with little controversy began accepting applications for the kits. In this paper I want to assess the FDA's and the public's evolving response to the idea of AIDS home tests. Additionally, what is the FDA's role in a public health crisis such as the AIDS epidemic? What are legitimate criteria for FDA to weigh when evaluating a product such as an AIDS home test kit? More generally, are AIDS home test kits good public policy? I begin by sketching a brief history of the FDA's regulation of the product. Next I discuss the various arguments for and against an AIDS home test. I conclude with an analysis of the FDA's role in a debate such as this and some thoughts on the politics of AIDS. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dash.license LAA en_US
dc.subject Food and Drug Law en
dc.subject AIDS en
dc.subject testing en
dc.subject home testing en
dc.subject FDA policy en
dc.subject AIDS Home Testing Kit en
dc.title AIDS HOME TEST KITS en
dc.type Paper (for course/seminar/workshop) en_US
dc.date.available 2012-06-07T20:35:52Z

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