Combined blood and urine testing is more sensitive for HIV

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 01 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1111
  1. Kamran Abbasi
  1. BMJ

    Testing samples of both blood and urine can increase the sensitivity of detection of HIV-1 antibodies compared with serum or urine testing alone.

    Howard Urnovitz, chief science officer, and his team of researchers from the Calypte Biomedical Corporation, say that this finding may open new avenues in the development of an AIDS vaccine (Nature Medicine 1997;3:1258).

    The team tested blood and urine samples from 11344 patients and found that in 1181 individuals 1156 samples were positive for HIV-1 antibodies …

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