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EUROBIO SCIENTIFIC LAUNCHES THE EXCLUSIVE DISTRIBUTION OF
THE FIRST SALIVA SELF-TEST FOR HIV TESTING IN FRANCE
OraQuick®: first rapid saliva self-test for HIV screening for point-of-care biology, including pharmacies
Paris, January 11, 2022 – 5:45pm
Eurobio Scientific (FR0013240934, ALERS, eligible PEA-PME), a leading French group in specialty in vitro medical diagnostics, announces that it entered into an exclusive distribution contract for the commercialization of OraQuick®, a saliva self-test, with Orasure, a US company. This exclusive contract includes the French market and its overseas territories.
OraQuick® is a CE marked rapid test that can detect the presence of antibodies characteristic of HIV infections in 20 minutes from a saliva sample. Like the COVID serological tests, it includes a small plate with a window to view the result. It does not require a blood sample but a simple saliva sample drawn with a palette also provided for this purpose.
In France, an estimated 173,000 people are infected with HIV, 24,000 of whom are unaware of their infection. Currently, more than 25% of HIV tests are carried out on late stage infections. The availability of rapid screening tests that are easy to implement is therefore essential to encourage self-screening in all discretion.
OraQuick® is immediately available in pharmacies and for hospital or non-profit organizations screening centers. With this test, Eurobio Scientific is strengthening its presence in point-of-care biology, particularly in pharmacies, and expanding its range of self-tests, its COVID self-test being already available since June 2021.
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