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June 26, 2009

HIV testing technology in US needs to change or risk missing acute infections

"A fourth generation HIV testing assay detected almost two-thirds of individuals with acute HIV infection, investigators report in an article published in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. The researchers believe that their results show the ARCHITECT HIV Ag/AB Combo Assay to have significant advantages, including the time needed to obtain a result compared to the current pooled HIV RNA testing strategy used to diagnose acute HIV infection. Such assays are already routinely used in the United Kingdom.

"A separate US study published in the August 1st edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases has found that using only HIV antibody tests will mean that a significant number of recent HIV infections in gay men will be missed."

Read more in Aidsmap, June 26, 2009.