2012 HIV Diagnostics Conference: the molecular diagnostics perspective

Expert Rev Mol Diagn. 2013 Apr;13(3):243-5. doi: 10.1586/erm.13.5.


2012 HIV Diagnostic Conference Atlanta, GA, USA, 12-14 December 2012. This report highlights the presentations and discussions from the 2012 National HIV Diagnostic Conference held in Atlanta (GA, USA), on 12-14 December 2012. Reflecting changes in the evolving field of HIV diagnostics, the conference provided a forum for evaluating developments in molecular diagnostics and their role in HIV diagnosis. In 2010, the HIV Diagnostics Conference concluded with the proposal of a new diagnostic algorithm which included nucleic acid testing to resolve discordant screening and supplemental antibody test results. The 2012 meeting, picking up where the 2010 meeting left off, focused on scientific presentations that assessed this new algorithm and the role played by RNA testing and new developments in molecular diagnostics, including detection of total and integrated HIV-1 DNA, detection and quantification of HIV-2 RNA, and rapid formats for detection of HIV-1 RNA.

Publication types

  • Congress

MeSH terms

  • HIV Infections / diagnosis*
  • HIV Infections / virology
  • HIV-1 / genetics
  • HIV-2 / genetics
  • Humans
  • Limit of Detection
  • Molecular Diagnostic Techniques*
  • RNA, Viral / genetics


  • RNA, Viral