ORLANDO, Fla. -- A new AIDS test pioneered by a University of Florida researcher may soon allow people to test their saliva at home for signs of the virus.
The simple "dip-stick" test will be manufactured by a Singapore company under a five-year contract with the university.
University medical researcher Roger Clemons, who developed the test last year, said it will go on sale abroad within several weeks. Approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration probably will delay over-the-counter sales in this country until at least 1994.
The test, called the OraScreen HIV Rapid Test Kit, changes color to register exposure to the virus linked to acquired immune deficiency syndrome. The test takes only five minutes, and the kit could cost as little as $5, Mr. Clemons said.