Failure of serial human immunodeficiency virus type 1 DNA polymerase chain reactions to identify human immunodeficiency virus type 1 clade A/G

Stephen K. Obaro, Phyllis Losikoff, Joseph Harwell, David Pugatch

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The most commonly used test to screen for human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) infection in HIV-exposed infants in the United States is HIV-1 qualitative DNA polymerase chain reaction (PCR). However, the commercially available HIV-1 DNA PCR lack optimal sensitivity to detect non-subtype B subtypes of HIV-1. We report here HIV-1 infection in a West African infant that went undetected by serial HIV-1 DNA PCR tests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-184
Number of pages2
JournalPediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2005


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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