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Thursday, September 21, 2006

CDC HIV Testing Initiative Helps Testing Companies

The CDC is going to take on a new HIV and AIDS initiative. The new recommendations are designed to increase early diagnosis of HIV infection as a pathway to improved treatment and prevention. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today published new recommendations for health care providers that are designed to make voluntary HIV screening a routine part of medical care for all patients aged 13 to 64. The recommendations aim to simplify the HIV testing process in health care settings and increase early HIV diagnosis among the estimated more than 250,000 HIV-positive Americans who are unaware of their infection.

Full press release is HERE:
http://www.cdc.gov/od/oc/media/pressrel/r060921.htm

The following companies have FDA approved HIV/AIDS testing:
OraSure (OSUR),
Abbott Labs (ABT),
Bio-Rad Laboratories (BIO),
Calypte Biomedical (CBMC),
Beckman Coulter (BEC),
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ),
Gen-Probe (GPRO).

Other foreign companies: BioMerieux in France and MedMira in Canada also have FDA approved HIV testing.
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