FAULTY AIDS test kits manufactured by
the Chicago-based Abbott laboratories
Incorporated, have forced thousands
of Europeans to face the anxiety of
undergoing the test all over again. The
company had withdrawn the test kit
from the market on March 25, following
at least four complaints of the test showing negative results in persons known to carry the AIDS virus.
Roughly 20,000 people in the UK and 50,000 in the Netherlands would have to check themselves again. The British National Health Service had been using the test, IM HIV-one/HIV-two third generation, for the past six months. The health minister of Germany's state of Hessen, Margarethe Nimsch, said that apart from retesting the people, the country's blood donor services would have to examine the blood in the banks, as 650,000 test kits had been sold in the country.
We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.
Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.