STARHS testing is not very reliable for an individual--but more accurate for a population, since it wrongly classifies about the same number of people as early or late infection.
STARHS is needed in addition to the direct viral test, because it picks up many more new infections, helping epidemiologists better understand where the epidemic is moving now.
The public-health use of STARHS was delayed when Abbott Laboratories withdrew its test from the market.
The samples used in the present study were previously tested by the reference methods STARHS and LS-HIV Vitros assay.
The STARHS and LS-HIV Vitros assay tests were standardized for a window period of 170 days using samples with the window period previously known.
Bio-Manguinhos x STARHS Bio-Manguinhos x LS-HIV Parameters (95%CI) n = 147 n = 342 Sensitivity 0.
We previously reported the estimated incidence of recent infections in men and in nonpregnant women using the STARHS
HIV incidence was estimated by STARHS for men who had P&S syphilis diagnosed at SFCC in 2002 and 2003 and who accepted confidential HIV-antibody and STARHS testing.
Fourth, STARHS might misclassify a small percentage of persons with longstanding infection as recently infected and vice versa (9,10).
We used the STARHS methodology to calculate the number of recent HIV-1 infections in samples collected at HIV CT centers between November 2000 and April 2001.
Samples classified as HIV-1 positive were sent to the Retrovirology Laboratory of the Federal University of Sao Paulo to be analyzed using STARHS.
This is the first published report using STARHS
to provide incidence estimates in community-recruited sample surveys.