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The stories behind the headlines

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7111.0 (Published 27 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:0

This week's BMJ provides the detailed stories behind the headlines in two events that received much press attention at the time—a failed HIV test and meningococcal disease in west Gloucestershire.

At Easter last year Abbott Laboratories announced that its HIV antibody assay had allowed a few people to think they did not have HIV infection when in fact they did and should therefore be withdrawn. This aroused concern and prompted the retesting programme described by Evans et al on p772. Out of almost 21 000 retests performed they …

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