Saliva Rapid HIV Test Announced

Steve Firth filter at firthcom.demon.co.uk
Mon Dec 11 06:15:12 EST 1995


In article <4afuvn$8e7 at newsbf02.news.aol.com>,
rscreager at aol.com (RSCreager) wrote:

>An oral test for HIV with a sensitivity of 100%??? Compared to what?  

This advert seems to a rather slow spam. I saw it a couple of weeks ago in
uk.misc and responded by email to the author. He has (suprisingly) never
responded to my enquiry.

I believe that it constitutes an offence to offer such a kit for sale
within the EU, all determinations of a patients immune status to HIV
infection must be accompanied by counselling to explain the test results
and their significance. I also believe that the specificity of the kit
indicates a tendency to produce false positive results. Perhaps this
explains why the sensitivity is quoted as 100%?

As you indicate, without further information the values quoted are
meaningless and I suspect that this product is yet another scam.





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