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Multicenter evaluation of a fully automated screening test, VIDAS HIV 1 + 2, for antibodies to human immunodeficiency virus types 1 and 2.

  • J M Azevedo-Pereira
  • M H Lourenço
  • F Barin
  • R Cisterna
  • F Denis
  • P Moncharmont
  • R Grillo
  • M O Santos-Ferreira
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1994
  • Biology


A multicenter study was done to evaluate the sensitivity, specificity, and efficiency of a new screening test for the simultaneous detection of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 and 2 (HIV-1 and HIV-2) antibodies. The VIDAS HIV 1 + 2 (bioMérieux, Marcy l'Etoile, France) is a fully automated enzyme-linked fluorescent immunoassay that uses synthetic peptides from immunodominant regions of gp41 of HIV-1 and gp36 of HIV-2 as antigens. A total of 2,984 samples were evaluated with this system in six different laboratories, and the results were compared to those obtained with other enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays. The VIDAS HIV 1 + 2 assay showed a very good performance in terms of sensitivity (100%) and specificity (99.6%), requiring minimal manipulation and short incubation time (32 min) to give results similar to or better than those of the other enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays used for screening.

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