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August 12, 2013

FDA OKs First Rapid Test That Can Detect Acute HIV

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced its approval of the first rapid HIV test that can detect both HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies as well as a key antigen that indicates a recent infection with HIV-1.  

The test uses samples of finger stick or venous whole blood, plasma or human serum.

Because the HIV-1 p24 antigen appears earlier after infection than HIV antibodies, the Alere Determine HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo assay can accurately diagnose cases that would otherwise produce false negative result with a standard antibody test—thus narrowing the “window period.” The antigen test can also aid in determining whether or not an infection is very recent.

Trained health care professionals can use the test in outreach settings with populations who might not have access to testing in a traditional health care environment.

To read the FDA release, click here.

Search: U.S. Food and Drug Administration, FDA, Alere Determine HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo, rapid HIV test, acute infection, antigen.


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Frederick Wright, Coachella Valley, 2013-08-14 13:16:20
Interesting in the term Acute HIV a new term and theory of communication or predicting immune system shut down. Very interesting that the Labs are bringing progressive concepts and terms like Acute HIV. I never heard of this Alere Inc. FDA is becoming a Global Stamp of cash flow and treatment or the Gold Standard for Certification within Science. Should the FDA (Americans) get paid resources from these companies to off set the cost to being a Global Institution funded by Americans? Robin Hood

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