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non-b clades??
      #32525 - 04/21/02 09:39 PM

Can someone clear up for me if current antibody tests from places like LabCorp or Quest Diagnostics Elisa's will pick up on non-b clades of HIV 1 infection?
Please help



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Re: non-b clades?? new
      #32533 - 04/21/02 11:34 PM

The current elisa are more sensitive to b-subtype and as far as detecting other strains of hiv in your system, it will all depends on your luck.

Please keep in mind that there are NO TESTS that are currently available which detect all subtypes of hiv. In other word, no test will give you a crystal clear answer.



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Re: non-b clades?? new
      #32535 - 04/22/02 12:43 AM

Current Elisas should pick up virtually all subtypes and 70% of the time Subtype O which is very rare. Good Luck.



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Re: yes they do... new
      #32538 - 04/22/02 02:39 AM

Routine AIDS tests which are currently being used for blood screening and diagnostic purposes detect virtually all subtypes of the human immunodeficiency virus. (Most companies have modified their assays so that they detect the newly identified HIV-1 group O strains.)

http://www.unaids.org/hivaidsinfo/faq/variability.html



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