The first five-minute test for AIDS has been approved by the U.S. government, and authorities said it is 99.6 percent accurate and offers the fastest results of any tests for the deadly disease.

The test was cleared Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Its maker, Worcester-based Cambridge Bioscience, said it should be on the market in a few weeks."This technical advance should help make testing available to all who want to be tested," FDA Commissioner Frank E. Young said in Washington. "It will also be particularly useful in remote areas of the world that lack the facilities for earlier approved tests."