Are New Tests More Accurate?

Dear Christine,

Are HIV antibody tests supposed to be more accurate now than they were ten years ago, or is the test basically the same?

Thanks for your time,


Dear Travis,

Current HIV antibody tests are no more accurate than older ones. In fact, they all use the same proteins attributed to HIV that were found in unpurified cell cultures back in 1984 and 1985. Also, the older tests are used to verify the accuracy of the current ones which means the new tests perpetuate a continuous circle of inaccuracy.

To date, no antibody tests have a percentage of accuracy thatís been established by the direct finding of HIV in people who test antibody positive.


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