New test may diagnose HIV virus sooner

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AIDS newsUS health officials have approved a Gen-Probe Inc test to help diagnose the HIV virus sooner, the Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday.

The test, called the Aptima HIV-1 RNA Qualitative Assay, helps detect genetic material to diagnose the HIV-1 virus before antibodies appear, the FDA said.

It can also help confirm presence of the virus if antibodies are found.

The FDA said the Aptima test was as sensitive as other kinds of tests that measure the amount of virus in patient with established human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, infections.

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