Russian False Postives [attached]
Letter in the Lancet, June 1992.
Sir, In the May 9 issue of The Lancet, Round the World correspondents discussed AIDS-associated problems in former Eastern bloc countries…I would like to emphasize another alarming concern – namely, the rapid growth in false-positive HIV tests in the former USSR, and in Russia especially.
In 1990, of 20.2 million HIV tests done in Russia only 12 were confirmed and about 20,000 were false positives.
1991 saw some 30,000 false positives out of 29.4 million tests, with only 66 confirmations.