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Twenty-Five Years of HIV Blood Testing Helped to Positively Transform Global Health Crisis
Date:3/2/2010

the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first-ever diagnostic test to screen blood donors for antibodies to HIV. This first test was developed by Abbott.
  • The first test to screen donors for exposure to the virus took nine months of around-the-clock work by dozens of Abbott scientists to develop.
  • U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Margaret Heckler announced FDA approval of the first test at a news conference in Washington, D.C. The screening test was immediately adopted by the American Red Cross and other blood organizations.

  • Facts – HIV

    • In 1985, the virus was widely called

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