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Laboratory Diagnosis of HIV Infection



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Slide 22

October 2009

In summary, many HIV serologic and virologic laboratory test methods are available. However, the diagnostic laboratories should choose an approach of initial and supplemental testing that is most suitable for the specific clinical practice population that it serves, the laboratory resources, and patients' affordability. It's also important to remember the HIV infection is transmitted mainly from those who are unaware of their infection and, therefore, all individuals of all ages, especially those sexually active, should be tested at least once in their lifetime and annually for those individuals who are at risk for HIV infection.

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