Qualitative human immunodeficiency virus RNA analysis of dried blood spots for diagnosis of infections in infants.

@article{Kerr2009QualitativeHI,
  title={Qualitative human immunodeficiency virus RNA analysis of dried blood spots for diagnosis of infections in infants.},
  author={Ryan J S Kerr and Gray Player and Susan A. Fiscus and Julie A. E. Nelson},
  journal={Journal of clinical microbiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={47 1},
  pages={220-2}
}
The Gen-Probe Aptima human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) RNA assay was adapted for the diagnosis of HIV infection in infants by using dried blood spots. The assay was 99% sensitive (128/129) and 100% specific (162/162). This may prove useful in resource-limited settings, since it precludes the need for a phlebotomist and maintenance of a cold chain.