Published in Medical Letter on the CDC and FDA, November 12th, 2006
The APTIMA assay, which detects the RNA-the nucleic acid or genetic material-of the HIV-1 virus, is the first test approved for the detection of HIV-1 RNA to help diagnose HIV-1 infection. HIV-1 is the main virus that causes AIDS.
"This product offers medical diagnostic laboratories the ability to perform a gene-based test for HIV-1 that, until now, was only available as part of a larger kit used to screen blood and plasma donors," said Jay Epstein, MD, director, Office of Blood Research and...
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