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J Clin Virol. 2013 Dec;58 Suppl 1:e54-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jcv.2013.07.002. Epub 2013 Aug 2.

Performance of the Alere Determine™ HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo Rapid Test with specimens from HIV-1 seroconverters from the US and HIV-2 infected individuals from Ivory Coast.

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Laboratory Branch, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, United States. Electronic address:
Laboratory Branch, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, United States.



FDA-approved HIV Antigen/Antibody combo (4th generation) immunoassays (IAs) can identify HIV-1 infections before the Western blot (WB) becomes positive. In the US, increased detection of acute HIV infections has been facilitated by using 4th generation IAs, but there is no FDA-approved 4th generation rapid test (RT). The Alere Determine™ HIV-1/2 Ag/Ab Combo (Determine Combo) RT detects and distinguishes HIV p24 Antigen (Ag) from Antibody (Ab) to HIV-1+HIV-2 and thus has the potential to improve diagnosis of acute HIV infection.


To evaluate the ability of Determine Combo RT to detect acute/early HIV-1 infections and HIV-2 antibody in well-characterized plasma specimens.


In HIV-1 seroconverters from the US, Determine Combo reactivity was evaluated by performing the 50% cumulative frequency analysis and by comparing with 3rd and 4th generation IAs' reactivity. HIV-2 plasma specimens from Ivory Coast were tested with Determine Combo.


The 50% cumulative frequency analysis in 17 seroconverters placed Determine Combo (Ag+/Ab-, Ag+Ab+, Ag-/Ab+) and Ab-component reactivity at 15.5 and 7 days before WB positivity, respectively. In 26 seroconverters, Determine Combo was reactive in 99.0% and 92.5% of 3rd and 4th generation IAs-reactive specimens, respectively. All HIV-2 plasma specimens were Ab-reactive/Ag-non-reactive by Determine Combo.


Based on previous results with the same seroconversion panels, combined Ag/Ab reactivity of the Determine Combo appears between FDA-approved 4th and 3rd generation laboratory IAs. These data indicate that this RT could detect HIV-1 infection earlier than other RTs and it performs well in HIV-2 specimens.


4th generation; Diagnostic; HIV-1/2; Rapid test

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