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Expert Opin Med Diagn. 2013 May;7(3):299-308. doi: 10.1517/17530059.2013.774370. Epub 2013 Feb 25.

The INSTI HIV-1/HIV-2 antibody test: a review.

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University of Alberta, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, c/o 3B20-11111 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. ameeta@ualberta.ca

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Rapid HIV tests have been widely adopted globally as an important component of HIV prevention and control programs. The INSTI™ HIV-1/HIV-2 antibody test is a second-generation HIV antibody test, available in most countries for use from whole blood, serum, and plasma.

AREAS COVERED:

Available data on kit characteristics and current performance data on the INSTI™ HIV-1/HIV-2 antibody test are presented together with six other rapid point-of-care tests (RPOCTs) for HIV antibody. Few published data are available providing direct comparisons of INSTI™ with other RPOCTs for HIV antibody and standard laboratory-based HIV-1/HIV-2 antibody assays. Existing data showed that INSTI™ has comparable performance to other RPOCTs but detected seroconversion later than standard laboratory-based assays.

EXPERT OPINION:

The good performance of INSTI HIV-1/HIV-2 antibody test, its ease of use, the rapid availability of results (< 5 min), and the lack of specialized equipment required to use the kit make this kit a useful addition to the global market. The unique antigen and flow through technology contained in the kit make it a strong addition to HIV RPOCTs and to rapid/rapid algorithms used in many resource-limited settings.

PMID:
23480561
DOI:
10.1517/17530059.2013.774370
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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