Blood derived products have the potential to transmit viruses such as HBV, HCV and HIV
Donations are currently tested for a variety of different viruses using antibody and antigen detection methodologies (EIA)
HIV is screened for using the p24 antigen test kits. In an effort to avoid “window period” false negatives
WE endeavored to conduct a study comparing the relative efficacy of pooled PCR vs. p24 testing.