Thursday, October 4, 2007

Doctor Presses Bank on HIV Tests

A doctor retained by the World Bank to examine a program to combat the spread of HIV in India has been warning officials for months that defective testing kits could be putting people at risk.

Kunal Saha, an AIDS specialist who visited India early this year at the behest of the bank, has pressed authorities to release a public report based on the inquiry. He also wants officials to ensure that the kits, which he says have produced false negative results, are removed from hospitals and blood banks. Saha said he has evidence that some of the questionable kits were in use as recently as April.

"If people are getting HIV because of defective test kits, it's horrendous, it's unthinkable," Saha said in a telephone interview.

Health awareness is always good, especially when it comes to HIV.


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