Regular HIV-1 viral load monitoring forms an essential part of any successful HIV-1 treatment programme. Abbott Molecular recently released the Alinity m HIV-1 assay to be run on the Alinity m System, a fully automated, continuous and random access analyser using ReadiFlex™ technology.
Our study investigated the performance of the Alinity m HIV-1 assay in comparison to the cobas® HIV-1 test in a high-throughput molecular laboratory.
We compared the performance of the Alinity m HIV-1 assay with the cobas® HIV-1 test, performed on both the cobas® 4800 and cobas® 6800 systems at three clinically relevant thresholds (50, 200 and 1000 cp/mL).
Excellent correlation (r = 0.98) and agreement (mean bias -0.004 Log cp/mL) was achieved between the cobas® 4800 and Alinity m HIV-1 assay. While there was good correlation between the Alinity m HIV-1 assay and the cobas® 6800 (r = 0.99), Bland-Altman analysis indicated that the cobas® 6800 on average measured 0.22 Log cp/mL higher than the Alinity m HIV-1 assay across the dynamic range. Percentage agreement was excellent at the 200 cp/mL and 1000 cp/mL thresholds and was slightly lower at 50 cp/mL in comparison with the cobas® systems.
The Alinity m HIV-1 assay compared well with the cobas® HIV-1 test on both the cobas® 4800 and cobas® 6800 systems in a high-throughput molecular laboratory in South Africa, a low- to middle-income country.
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