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Expert Rev Anti Infect Ther. 2010 Jun;8(6):631-3. doi: 10.1586/eri.10.48.

2010 HIV Diagnostics Conference.

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San Francisco Department of Public Health Laboratory, San Francisco, CA, USA.


During the 2010 HIV Diagnostics Conference, which took place in Orlando (FL, USA) between 24 and 26 March 2010, salient new data related to three aspects of HIV testing (rapid point-of-care testing, laboratory assays and new technologies) were presented and discussed. A conundrum central to HIV diagnostics in the USA for the last few years has resulted from technological developments in HIV testing that have outpaced recommendations for screening and confirmatory testing. Perhaps in response, one of the major outcomes of this 2010 meeting was the proposal of a novel laboratory testing algorithm. The proposed algorithm aims to take advantage of all of the capabilities of currently available tests (sensitivities for HIV-1 and HIV-2 IgG and IgM antibodies, and p24 antigen), while at the same time enhancing the turnaround time of results. This report will summarize the presentations at the meeting.

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