CDC Evaluation of HIV Diagnostic Tests Fellowship

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Research Project:

This project serves to apply HIV diagnostic tests to surveillance samples and alternative sample types not already FDA-approved for assessments of sample suitability for diagnostics. Under the guidance of a mentor, the selected participant will become familiar with the types and intended uses of HIV diagnostic tests. The participant will learn the principles behind different types of tests (molecular and serologic), the performance characteristics as described in the product inserts, and statistical methods to determine test sensitivity, specificity and variance. Using collections of known sample types, the participant will be able to generate data from evaluation test performance to support advancing promising new diagnostic technologies that aid in improving HIV testing. Regular meetings will be held with the activity lead to discuss project goals, progress, data analyses and data presentation.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the intended uses of HIV diagnostic tests
  • Perform testing independently
  • Apply methods to evaluate test performance
  • Compare performance characteristics between different tests
  • Generate reports and presentations to disseminate the data

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