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Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:29 - Updated Tue, 23 Apr 2019 15:28

Health Inspection blocks reagent after doubtful results

Luanda - The General Health Inspectorate has blocked the use of the "Aria" reagent in HIV testing, after it detected dubious results.

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The information is contained in an interview published in Tuesday's edition of the State-run news paper “Jornal de Angola”, granted by director of the National Institute for the Fight against AIDS, Maria Lúcia Furtado.

Maria Furtado revealed that the product is not part of the authorised algorithm and its ineffectiveness was verified after tests with false or dubious results.

She explained that algorithm is the list of tests allowed for the identification of a particular disease.

To detect HIV, she emphasised, two tests are done, one for screening and another for confirmation: And the only tests approved to conduct the diagnosis in Angola are "Determine" and "Unigold".

"The tests were false positive, or indeterminate. Of the two tests that were done one positive and one negative," she said.

The director put at about 310,000 the estimated number of people in Angola living with HIV. Of these, 190,000 are women, including pregnant.

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