Our friends at EducatedGuesswork are discussing the news that the FDA is considering approval of an at-home AIDS test. At issue is whether people can handle the truth without counseling, false positive rate, and such-like.
All that misses the point. The unmet need that a fast "oral fluid" HIV antibody test satisfies is screening prospective sex partners. Here, handsome -- let me take your glass to the kitchen to freshen-up your drink.
Believe me, *I* can handle the truth that maybe *you've* got AIDS. The question is: do social conservatives, who think AIDS has its good points (such as discouraging promiscuity), run the FDA?