Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Read Now: TheBodyPRO.com Covers AIDS 2014
  
  • Email Email
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

Medical News

FDA Approves New HIV Blood Test That Screens Blood, Tissue Donations For Less Common Strains

January 5, 2009

FDA last week approved a new HIV test manufactured by a Roche subsidiary that screens for two less common forms of the virus in the U.S., in addition to the most common forms of HIV and hepatitis, the AP/Miami Herald reports. The test is designed to screen blood and tissue samples from donors for infectious diseases. According to FDA, the TaqScreen MPX Test is the first to be able to detect HIV-2 and HIV-1 Group O strains of the virus at the same time (AP/Miami Herald, 12/30/08). Jesse Goodman, director of FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, said, "With the MPX test, blood donor testing laboratories will be able to use nucleic acid technology to screen for additional HIV strains, further assuring that donated blood and tissue are free from infection and providing better protection for patients" (Dooren, Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal, 12/30/08). According to the AP/Herald, the two HIV strains are most commonly found in Africa but have recently been detected by FDA in the U.S. (AP/Miami Herald, 12/30/08).

Back to other news for January 2009


Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2008 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.



  
  • Email Email
  • Printable Single-Page Print-Friendly
  • Glossary Glossary

This article was provided by Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. It is a part of the publication Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report. Visit the Kaiser Family Foundation's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
 
See Also
More HIV News

Tools
 

Advertisement