Published in AIDS Weekly, March 1st, 1999
Ukraine's government banned imports of HIV testing equipment in January 1998 to support domestic industry and cut costs by using cheaper, Ukrainian-made testers.
But the domestic testers are detecting HIV in only about 40 percent of cases, said Valeriy Ivasiuk, former chairman of the state committee for AIDS prevention. He based the charge on data collected by a government commission that double-checked the accuracy of testing equipment until October 1998. The commission was...
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