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abott
Sep 29, 2010

hi there, what lab offer this test. i went to quest dianostic, lab corp. they do not. thanks

Specificity Detects and quantitates all known HIV-1 groups M, N, and O, as well as non-B subtypes. Rebaselining not required with current HIV-1 viral load tests (correlation coefficient, 0.936).

The specificity of the RealTime HIV-1 assay was evaluated at three external sites by testing 514 HIV-1 seronegative plasma specimens from volunteer blood donors. HIV-1 RNA was not detected for all 514 specimens and the RealTime HIV-1 assay specificity was estimated to be 100% (514/514), 95% CI 99.28 to 100

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Thanks for your question.

The Abbott RealTime m2000 system is a kit used to measure HIV viral loads (to quantify the amount of virus in the blood). I am not sure which commercial labs or hospital labs would carry it. Our hospital lab happens to use it because it has a very wide range (can measure low and high levels of HIV) and can pick up non-B subtypes (we have a few patients with these).

Are you asking because you are infected with a non-B subtype virus? If so this test or the branch chain DNA assay (bDNA) from Chiron which is available at LabCorp and can amplify and quantify non-b virus.

Best, Joe



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