HAS gives a favorable opinion on their assessment

Since leaving confinement, nasopharyngeal screening tests have been offered to French people in the event of symptoms.

But these tests, which are performed by inserting a long cotton swab into the patient’s nose, are unpleasant. In addition, there is a risk of contamination of the healthcare professional who performs the test: during swab collection, there is often a reflex reaction of rejection, where the person tested coughs or sneezes and may throw postilions. Saliva tests have the advantage of being easier to perform, but also less impressive and painless, and therefore more likely to be accepted by patients, especially in the context of repeated screening.

The arrival of rapid saliva tests is therefore eagerly awaited as an alternative to nasopharyngeal tests. Although initial tests have been carried out, their reliability remains insufficient to date for generalized immediate use. However, given the real need for simpler tests to screen, including on an outpatient basis, the High Authority of Health (HAS) gave the green light on August 10 to their evaluation. Concretely, patients will be able to benefit from this innovation on an experimental basis as part of a clinical study. This study aims to precisely define the optimal conditions for using these tests as well as the reliability that can be expected from them. The samples taken should moreover (…)

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