A rapid test for the detection of human immunodeficiency virus antibodies in cord blood

Miguel A. Suarez, Betty Blanco, Luc P. Brion, Marjorie Schulman, Theresa A. Calvelli, Joan Youchah, Yair Devash, Arye Rubinstein, Harris Goldstein

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A commercially available rapid test (HIVCHEK) was compared with an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for identifying human immunodeficiency virus type 1 in the serum of newborn infants. Of 1309 cord blood samples tested, the HIVCHEK test detected all the true-positive samples detected by ELISA. Of the 35 samples with positive ELISA results, six had negative results on Western blot; only 1 of the 20 samples with positive HIVCHEK results had negative results on Western blot. Thus the HIVCHEK test can be used to facilitate the rapid identification of HIV-1 in the serum of newborn infants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)259-261
Number of pages3
JournalThe Journal of Pediatrics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1993


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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