A new study using networks of friends as “peer navigators” will soon be launched in the East Bay to reach men who may be vulnerable to the AIDS virus. It’s part of an effort to make better use of confidential in-home HIV testing in order to reach at-risk populations in Oakland.

In 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved OraQuick, an in-home test that involves detecting HIV by taking a oral swab containing saliva. The kits, which provide preliminary results in 20 to 40 minutes, are available at drug stores for people age 17 and older.

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