"The Amplicor HIV-1 [RNA] Monitor test is not intended to be used as a screening test for HIV-1 or as a diagnostic test to confirm the presence of HIV-1 infection"
Roche Diagnostic Systems, 06/96, 13-08088-001. Packet Insert
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Not only that, but Roche, the manufacturer of the only licensed PCR in the US, regularly includes the caveat on the slide in their packet insert.
So a test which has many problems, including many I have not discussed, but which the CDC say must not, with capital letters, be used in adults, and which Roche claim canít be used in anybody to diagnose HIV, is fine for babies. For telling a mother she infected her baby which will most likely die of AIDS in the not too distant future.
And this test is one arm of mandatory testing for mothers and babies and is also the raison díetre of mother to child transmission and underlies the recommendation that pregnant women all over the world are given certain drugs to kill a virus that has never been isolated and thus they may not have.