Aug 4, 2001
Why is there no Gold Standard when testing for the presence of HIV? Instead of looking for antibodies thought to be exclusive to HIV, wouldn't it be better to isolate actual virus in a suspected HIV+ person?
Why are the standards of testing and diagnosis different in most countries to that of the US? If I test positive in the US, I may not test postive in let's say Canada or the UK. Don't you think that's odd?
Are the tests standard in most countries for diseases like, let's say, Chicken Pox or Hepatitis?
Response from Dr. Holodniy
I cannot answer why testing is not standardized.
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