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Do HIV POCT testing algorithms help in clinical practice?
  1. Richard Stack1,
  2. Sundhiya Mandalia2,
  3. Alan McOwan1
  1. 1Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust, London, UK
  2. 2St Stephen's AIDS Trust, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Richard Stack, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital Foundation Trust, c/o 56 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 6AQ, UK;richard.stack{at}

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HIV point-of-care tests (POCTs) are increasingly popular and overcome many barriers to testing. Yet POCTs have false reactive results requiring confirmation.

Teague et al, looked at using a second POCT as confirmation. The first line POCT was the INSTI HIV-1/HIV-2 rapid antibody test; the confirmatory test the Alere Determine. The serum of 91 individuals with a positive INSTI was retrospectively tested; Determine successfully identified all false reactive INSTIs.1

These data led us to introduce …

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  • Contributors AM introduced the testing algorithm to the clinical service. AM and RS collected the data and analysed it. They wrote and submitted a poster to BASHH 2011. RS wrote this as the submitted report. AM is the main editor and is also involved with feedback. SM provided input on the format for our statistics.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.