AIDS saliva test
jrice at pomona.edu
Tue Oct 17 23:21:31 EST 1995
In article <g.e.price-1410951140200001 at bcs179.bham.ac.uk>,
g.e.price at bham.ac.uk (Graeme Price) wrote:
>In article <Pine.OSF.3.91.951012192337.11050A-100000 at beta.loyno.edu>,
>addavis at BETA.LOYNO.EDU (Scott Davis) wrote:
>> First off, I can tell that you are a salesman and not a scientist. Such
>> a test is not in existence. How would this work?! I think you might
>> work on something else.
There is a test, made by a company called Epitope. The test has
some major drawbacks, if you ask me.
The biggest is the lack of a confirmatory test using saliva.
Anyone who comes up positive needs a Western Blot done, and that requires
blood being drawn. If the point is to test a less contagious fluid, this
seems to miss the point.
Already mentioned is the difficulty in obtaining enough saliva,
esp. from young patients.
On a side note, a urine test for HIV-1 should be appearing soon
from Calypte Biomedical. It hasn't been approved yet, but all signs are
good for approval in the near future. This does not require a blood sample
to confirm, either.
Jeffrey Rice | "My other guitar is a Martin."
Chemistry, '97 | jrice at pomona.edu
Pomona College | http://www.webcom.com/~jrice
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