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HDC DIAGNOSTICS' LAB RESULTS VERIFIED ACCURATE BY STATE

 HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- HDC Diagnostics of Hollywood said today results of HIV tests performed by other laboratories on patients tested by HDC last year have "lifted a cloud of suspicion" about the facility.
 On Wednesday, Broward County announced that HIV tests on 12 patients originally tested at HDC showed the same results achieved last year. The findings came on top of the results of 10 blood samples retested by the State of Florida, which also found HDC's diagnosis correct in 100 percent of the cases. In a third test, HDC correctly diagnosed 10 blood samples sent to the lab by the state.
 "We lived with a cloud of doubt and suspicion over our heads for nearly two weeks, since a woman whose blood sample tested positive for HIV at our lab claimed other tests showed her HIV negative," said Helen Laughton, president of HDC Diagnostics. "Her blood sample has been tested three times -- twice here and separately at a state facility, and the results are the same each time.
 Laughton said HDC would like to retest the woman, in a controlled setting with another laboratory, but the woman has refused.
 In a separate case, HDC officials praised the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services for quickly acknowledging that a state lab, not HDC, had issued an incorrect positive result on an HIV test for a Miami woman.
 Following publicity about the Broward case, there had been speculation the Miami woman had been tested for the HIV virus at HDC.
 "We perform 20,000 procedures each day at HDC, and we're elated that our accuracy is being proven by independent tests," Laughton said. "We hope to put this matter behind us and concentrate again on our role of providing laboratory and radiology services to physicians, hospitals and other health care providers in South Florida."
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 /CONTACT: Helen Laughton of HDC Diagnostics, 305-926-3600/


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