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one false positve unacceptable

May 20, 1999

Why do doctors use antibody tests as a diagnosis of a disease? Antibodies are presence of an active virus not a prognosis for future disease or death. Prior claims for etiology (cause of a disease) without molecular evidence have proved to be some of the most spectacular misdiagnosis in virology. An antibody test is an obsolete technology compared to PCR technology. Why do doctors insist on using old obsolete tests? What is you opinion?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Show me the published data that PCR testing is better than antibody testing for HIV diagnosis. I'm always willing to learn. MH

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