The U.S. Foodand Drug Administration (FDA) has approved an HIV test made by Abbott that candetect the virus days earlier than antibody-only HIV tests, according to anAbbott statement. Abbott's Architect HIV Ag/Ab Combo assay can detect both HIVantibodies (developed by the immune system days after infection) and HIVantigen (a protein produced by the virus immediately after infection). Thistest is the first of its kind approved for use in the United States.

To read theAbbott statement, click here.