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Abbott HIV Test Demonstrates Earlier Disease Detection
Date:7/22/2009

there are more than 35,000 new cases of HIV reported in the United States annually. In 2008, UNAIDS estimated that 2.7 million people throughout the world are newly infected with HIV each year. Leading risk factors for HIV infection include male-to-male sexual contact, high-risk heterosexual contact and intravenous drug use.

ARCHITECT HIV Combo (Ag/Ab) assay is not intended for use in blood screening, plasma or tissue donors. The effectiveness of ARCHITECT HIV Combo (Ag/Ab) for use in screening blood, plasma or tissue donors has not been established. The assay result does not distinguish between the detection of HIV p24 antigen, HIV-antibody, or HIV-2 antibody.

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