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False Negative Results

Jul 10, 2010

Hello Dr Bob, I Read And Hear About The False Positive Results That Comes Up Once In While When Donating Blood Because Of The Testing They Do. How About False Negative Results

Thank You For You Time Anthony

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hi Anthony,

False-negative results are not a problem, due to the sensitivity and specificity of the screening tests. They are set to capture all true positives, even if they also capture some false positives along the way. They want to make sure they don't miss an HIV infected donor.

Dr. Bob

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