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CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) forewarns on HIV kit shortage

This article was originally published in Clinica

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says there is a risk of a possible shortage of supplemental test kits used for confirmatory testing of HIV antibodies in blood samples. Calypte Biomedical announced in April that it might stop manufacturing the Cambridge Biotech HIV-1 Western blot kit. The kit is one of two such FDA licensed kits on the market. The other is the Genetic Systems Western blot kit made by BioRad. A third product, made by OraSure Technologies, is approved for supplemental testing of oral fluid samples found reactive for antibodies to HIV-1.

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