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Publication of MMWR Recommendations and Reports on "Interpretation and Use of the Western Blot Assay for Serodiagnosis of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Infections"

A new MMWR Recommendations and Reports entitled, "Interpretation and Use of the Western Blot Assay for Serodiagnosis of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Infections" (1), was published July 21, 1989. The Association of State and Territorial Public Health Laboratory Directors and CDC collaborated in preparing this report; it describes various interpretive criteria associated with the Western blot test for human immunodeficiency virus type (HIV-1), evaluates the sensitivity and specificity of these criteria as tools for public health practice, and provides recommendations for using the Western blot and for reporting results.


  1. CDC. Interpretation and use of the Western blot assay for serodiagnosis of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 infections. MMWR 1989;38(no. S-7).

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