New Testing Algorithms for HIV and the Impact on Public Health
For nearly 25 years, the standard algorithm used in the U.S. for serological diagnosis of HIV infection has been a two-step process involving a screening immunoassay followed by a confirmatory Western blot. Significant advances in HIV diagnostics over the years have led to the development of a new alternative algorithm proposed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL). Implementation of this new HIV testing algorithm should decrease reporting times for results and improve linkage to care, differentiation infections with HIV-1 from HIV-2, and enhance our ability to identify acute primary HIV infections.
- List the different types of tests that can be used for detecting HIV infection.
- Understand the sequence of tests used in the recommended HIV laboratory testing algorithm.
- Describe the clinical and public health advantages of early diagnoses of HIV infection.
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