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J Virol Methods. 1994 Oct;49(3):367-70.

Same-day testing for human immunodeficiency virus antibodies.

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  • 1North Manchester Virus Laboratory, Booth Hall Children's Hospital, Blackley, Manchester, UK.


We analysed the specificity of a screening enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for human immunodeficiency virus antibodies, and found that 18 of 1878 serum specimens (1.0%) from an open access clinic gave false reactive results. Introduction of true same-day testing therefore required the use of more than one assay before a reactive result could be reported. A testing strategy was devised with a 4 h turn-around time which gave accurate results for 11 positive and 119 negative specimens.

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