Glossary

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Term Definition
Sensitivity

The probability that a person with the disease will have a positive test result

Serology

The testing for the presence, evidence of, or quantity of antibodies specific for infectious or other agents, biochemistry, or substances in blood (serum or plasma or whole blood) 

Serostatus

The condition of having or not having detectable antibodies to a disease in the blood as a result of infection. Serostatus is either positive or negative. 

Specificity

The probability that a person without the disease will have a negative test result

STI

Sexually transmissible infection

 

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