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No member of the writing team owned stock or was employed by the kit manufacturers mentioned in this article. Some free kits and the loan of equipment were provided by manufacturers for evaluation of the assays and for training purposes: SF received three p24 kits and two Cavidi kits as well as the loan of an ELISA reader from PerkinElmer; SC received two p24 kits, six Cavidi kits, and the loan of an ELISA reader from Cavidi; CJ received two Cavidi kits; WS received two Cavidi kits and the loan of an ELISA reader from PerkinElmer. In addition, SC received partial support from Cavidi to attend the 3rd International AIDS Society Conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2005. Some members of the Forum for Collaborative HIV Research Alternative Viral Load Assay Working Group were employed by manufacturers, and they are listed in the Acknowledgments.