Roche Biomedical Laboratories Inc. said that its Raritan, N.J.,and Research Triangle Park, N.C., facilities have received HIVtesting permits from the New York City Department of Health.

They are the first commercial laboratories licensed by the cityto perform HIV testing. Both the city and state of New Yorkpreviously took responsibility for testing for the AIDS viruswithin their jurisdictions.

The HIV antibody test uses enzyme-linked immunosorbentassay (ELISA) technology to identify antibodies to HIV.

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