"You've got it, you may have it, you haven't got it": multiplicity, heterogeneity, and the unintended consequences of HIV-related tests

Corbett, Kevin (2009) "You've got it, you may have it, you haven't got it": multiplicity, heterogeneity, and the unintended consequences of HIV-related tests. Science, Technology and Human Values, 34 (1). pp. 102-125. ISSN 0162-2439

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Abstract

This article considers the experiences of health consumers who have undergone testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) antibodies, T cells, and viral load. These HIV-related tests are deployed for the purposes of making definitive diagnoses; yet some test consumers experience ambiguous outcomes. Drawing on an analysis of differing end-user experiences of these tests, where consumers' knowledge reflected the multiplicity and heterogeneity in test design, the author explores how these experiences reflect particular knowledges about these tests. The article contributes to efforts analyzing how health consumers are active end users co-constructing the social meaning of technologies in mutual relationship with other users. The author discusses how this new knowledge can be used to delineate a greater role for consumer evaluation of medical testing within a broader understanding of test design and performance. Relevant links are made to issues such as genetic testing and assessing claims about the efficacy of medical tests.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 17617
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Depositing User: Kevin Corbett
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2015 09:31
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:36
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/17617

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