Published in AIDS Weekly, August 28th, 2006
"Rapid, sensitive, specific, and cost-effective screening of donated blood to prevent transmission of infectious agents remains challenging. In recent years, incorporation of nucleic acid testing for HIV-1 and HCV RNA improved blood safety by reducing the window period between infection and serologic detection."
"For HBV infection, this window period with most serologic assays is 50-60 days. Adding a nucleic acid test (NAT) for HBV DNA...
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