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Why not the Platinum Standard?
May 17, 1999

If the ELISA (antibody) and WESTERN BLOT (antibody) are the Gold Standard 1980's technology 99%+ (sensativity and specificity) why not use the 1990's technology Platinum Standard, PCR DNA viral load and WESTERN BLOT (antibody) 100% (sensativity and specificity). Why spend money on outdated technology when there is a better one. If we can save even one life isn't it worth it?

Response from Dr. Holodniy

Show me the study in acute HIv infection that demonstrates a higher positive predictive value using that strategy and I will be convinced. MH



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