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dc.contributor.authorMaparo, Tatenda; Mungofa, Stanley; Bara, Hilda T.; Chirisa, Florenceen_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-27T12:41:43Z
dc.date.available2014-06-27T12:41:43Z
dc.date.issued2014-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10144/322273
dc.descriptionResearch protocol. These materials can be used, adapted and copied as long as citation of the source is given including the direct URL to the material. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ https://i.creativecommons.org/l/by/4.0/88x31.pngen_GB
dc.description.abstractAn unacceptably high frequency of false positive HIV test results has been reported in various settings. Given the severity and implications of an HIV+ diagnosis, a false positive result is likely to be psychologically traumatic and may result in inappropriate and potentially harmful treatment. The current HIV testing algorithm being used in Zimbabwe does not include repeat testing for HIV positive results, and it is not currently known whether testing errors are leading to false positive diagnoses at a significant rate. WHO recommends that an additional specimen for testing be collected at some point after the initial diagnosis is made. This procedure aims to rule out possible technical or clerical errors including specimen mislabelling and transcription errors. STUDY OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the number of false positive HIV results due to testing errors, using the WHO retesting recommendations, in 6 clinics in Harare, Zimbabwe.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.subjectHIVen_GB
dc.subjecttestingen_GB
dc.subjectfalse positiveen_GB
dc.titleResearch Protocol - An Evaluation of False Positive HIV Results due to Testing Errorsen
dc.typeOtheren
dc.contributor.departmentMSF-OCA; Harare City Council, Harare, Zimbabwe; Harare City Council, Harare, Zimbabween_GB
refterms.dateFOA2019-02-21T13:45:55Z
html.description.abstractAn unacceptably high frequency of false positive HIV test results has been reported in various settings. Given the severity and implications of an HIV+ diagnosis, a false positive result is likely to be psychologically traumatic and may result in inappropriate and potentially harmful treatment. The current HIV testing algorithm being used in Zimbabwe does not include repeat testing for HIV positive results, and it is not currently known whether testing errors are leading to false positive diagnoses at a significant rate. WHO recommends that an additional specimen for testing be collected at some point after the initial diagnosis is made. This procedure aims to rule out possible technical or clerical errors including specimen mislabelling and transcription errors. STUDY OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the number of false positive HIV results due to testing errors, using the WHO retesting recommendations, in 6 clinics in Harare, Zimbabwe.


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