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New Test Identifies AIDS Virus


Minneapolis Star-Tribune Online (08/05/99)

Officials from the Milwaukee Blood Center say that nucleic acid technology (NAT) detected a case of HIV infection in experimental laboratory tests two weeks earlier than conventional HIV tests. NAT can detect HIV within five days of infection, compared to the p24 antigen test, which requires about 16 days. Milwaukee has been using NAT since April, although it is not yet approved by the Food and Drug Administration.


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