MadSci Network: Virology

Subject: What is the difference between 'not detected' and 'negative'?

Date: Mon Jun 2 01:28:50 2008
Posted by Richard
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I.e., if one is testing for HIV and the result is 'not detected', how is that 
different to say, testing for syphilis and the result being 'negative'?

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