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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update

Johnson & Johnson Pulls Its Home Test For HIV Off Market


New York Times (06/27/97) P. B9

Due to lack of demand, Johnson & Johnson's Direct Access Diagnostics unit is taking its Confide home HIV test off the market. The company, which noted that it expected greater demand, said that after a year on the market, about 90,002 tests had been sold. The only other competitor in the home HIV blood testing market is Home Access Health Corp., which reports sales of around 150,000 units thus far in 1997. Direct Access stopped shipping Confide on Thursday and will ask retailers to pull them from the shelves and return inventories. The company will continue to process results until Aug. 8, after which time anyone sending in tests will be informed about how to obtain a refund. Direct Access' result center, which provides counseling and referrals, will remain open until August 29. After that date, callers will be referred to the CDC National AIDS Hotline.


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