Sunday, January 4, 2009

FDA Approves First New Nucleic Acid HIV Test

This just in. The FDA approved a new HIV blood test that screens for two uncommon strains of the virus recently detected in the U.S. The news release reports, FDA Approves First Nucleic Acid Test to Screen for Additional Types of HIV in Donated Blood and Tissue. This is important for a couple of reasons . . .

  • The test can simultaneously detect HIV-2 and HIV-1 Group O strains. Both types of HIV are mainly found among patients in Africa, but the FDA said they have recently been detected in the U.S.
  • It provides better protection for patients
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