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Multisite evaluation of four anti-HIV-1/HIV-2 enzyme immunoassays. Australian HIV Test Evaluation Group.

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  • 1National HIV Reference Laboratory, Fairfield Hospital, Victoria, Australia.


The performance of four enzyme immunoassays, manufactured by Abbott, Diagnostics Pasteur, Genetic Systems, and Organon Teknika, for the combined detection of anti-human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) and anti-HIV-2, was examined in a multisite evaluation. The collaborative efforts of 7 Australian Red Cross Blood Transfusion and 12 Australian Public Health Laboratories minimized potential biases in data by providing large numbers of anti-HIV-1-negative and -positive samples. Sensitivity was estimated using samples that were positive for anti-HIV-1 from individuals known to be infected and seroconversion samples. Sensitivity estimates in the four assays were 99.71, 99.94, 99.49, and 99.68%, respectively. Specificity was measured using fresh, sequential blood donations and samples with previous false-positive reactions in other assays. Specificity estimates from blood donations were 99.92, 99.46, 99.67, and 99.85%, respectively. The data were analyzed further using the delta statistic, which distinguishes the performance of assays of similar sensitivity and specificity by providing a measure of how well results in a population of positive or negative samples are removed from the assay's cutoff value.

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