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Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor AIDS PATIENT CARE/DECEMBER Letter to the Editor • • • I was stunned by the recent article, "Saliva-Based HIV Test Expands Diagnostic Capabilities," by Anne Coulter [Vol. 4, No. 6, pages 23-24]. Either a gross typographical error was made or no one analyzed the impact of these findings in relation to patient care of any type before publishing it. On page 24 the article states: "Current estimates suggest that 0.1% of those infected with HIV would have quantifiable antibodies in the saliva after the disease had been present for months." If the sensitivity of the test is only 0.1%, how can this possibly be a valuable tool? It is wrong 999 times out of a thousand. The article goes on to say that it is ". .one more vital tool toward timely HIV diagnosis that will facilitate treatment." Again I ask, how can a test that misses 99.9%: of the disease have any utility at all except to mislead the investigators and the patients? I am in sincere hopes that this is a typographical error that has already been corrected by your publication even though it has been quoted as printed in secondary literature. I look forward to http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png AIDS Patient Care Mary Ann Liebert

Letter to the Editor

AIDS Patient Care , Volume 5 (6) – Dec 1, 1991

Letter to the Editor

AIDS Patient Care , Volume 5 (6) – Dec 1, 1991

Abstract

AIDS PATIENT CARE/DECEMBER Letter to the Editor • • • I was stunned by the recent article, "Saliva-Based HIV Test Expands Diagnostic Capabilities," by Anne Coulter [Vol. 4, No. 6, pages 23-24]. Either a gross typographical error was made or no one analyzed the impact of these findings in relation to patient care of any type before publishing it. On page 24 the article states: "Current estimates suggest that 0.1% of those infected with HIV would have quantifiable antibodies in the saliva after the disease had been present for months." If the sensitivity of the test is only 0.1%, how can this possibly be a valuable tool? It is wrong 999 times out of a thousand. The article goes on to say that it is ". .one more vital tool toward timely HIV diagnosis that will facilitate treatment." Again I ask, how can a test that misses 99.9%: of the disease have any utility at all except to mislead the investigators and the patients? I am in sincere hopes that this is a typographical error that has already been corrected by your publication even though it has been quoted as printed in secondary literature. I look forward to

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Mary Ann Liebert
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Copyright 1991 Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
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0893-5068
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1557-7449
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10.1089/apc.1991.5.272
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Abstract

AIDS PATIENT CARE/DECEMBER Letter to the Editor • • • I was stunned by the recent article, "Saliva-Based HIV Test Expands Diagnostic Capabilities," by Anne Coulter [Vol. 4, No. 6, pages 23-24]. Either a gross typographical error was made or no one analyzed the impact of these findings in relation to patient care of any type before publishing it. On page 24 the article states: "Current estimates suggest that 0.1% of those infected with HIV would have quantifiable antibodies in the saliva after the disease had been present for months." If the sensitivity of the test is only 0.1%, how can this possibly be a valuable tool? It is wrong 999 times out of a thousand. The article goes on to say that it is ". .one more vital tool toward timely HIV diagnosis that will facilitate treatment." Again I ask, how can a test that misses 99.9%: of the disease have any utility at all except to mislead the investigators and the patients? I am in sincere hopes that this is a typographical error that has already been corrected by your publication even though it has been quoted as printed in secondary literature. I look forward to

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AIDS Patient CareMary Ann Liebert

Published: Dec 1, 1991

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