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HIV Testing Method Hits Roadblock in 2 Hospitals

Indian Express
09 December 2010
By Pritha Chatterjee
New Delhi, India

Carla Bruni at Safdarjung Hospital earlier this week.She is actively involved in spreading AIDS awareness.Carla Bruni at Safdarjung Hospital earlier this week.She is actively involved in spreading AIDS awareness.
New mechanism brings down testing window from six weeks to 11 days, already being used in AIIMS and RML PLANS to introduce a more accurate HIV–testing method at the blood banks of at least two leading Delhi government hospitals are stuck in limbo. Sources in the Delhi Health department confirmed that the Nucleic Acid Test (NAT) mechanism, approved as a replacement for the presently used Enzyme–Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) technology in January this year, has not made much of a progress.

The project was announced through a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model at the Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) and Lok Nayak Hospitals, with smaller blood banks of other government set–ups also attached to these nodal centres.

The method brings down the window of HIV testing from about six weeks to eleven days.

This is because while ELISA traces antibodies developed to the virus, the NAT detects the HIV antigen itself.

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