|3rd and 4th generation test
Feb 18, 2001
You previously mentioned that the different generations of hiv tests differ in types of hiv-1 they detect.Can 3rd or 4th gen. test pick up all the strains we know about(A-h,and O )? What strains would a first generation test detect? Would it matter if the test was a viral load test or an antibody test?
| Response from Dr. Holodniy
The generational definition is partially historic. Most testing laboratories are using current generation antibody assays. Some viral load assays have difficulty with some subtypes of HIV-1. But again, these are not approved for diagnosis. MH
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