More than a quarter of a million children each year are born infected with the virus that causes AIDS, but too few are being tested early to receive treatment and prolong their lives, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Michele Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, called for diagnostic kits to be improved for detection in babies of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes AIDS, and for their "still high" current price of $25-50 to be brought down.
20 November 2013 | Reuters
A flowchart / algorithm depicting the recommended management of infants exposed to HIV, including ART initiation pathways, according to South African guidelines.
20 August 2013 | South African Department of Health
This purchase is for a limited number of CD4 tests, with the objective of ensuring continuity of supply, accelerating treatment initiation and giving countries the opportunity to prepare for the arrival next year of other diagnostic products currently still in the pipeline. The roll out of pipeline products will target new innovative CD4, Early Infant Diagnosis (EID), and Viral Load (VL) products with an additional focus on those to test VL, in alignment with the new World Health Organization (WHO) HIV Treatment Guidelines launched on 30 June 2013.
02 July 2013 | UNITAID
A new assay that detects as few as 3 copies of HIV DNA within 20 minutes and does not require complex equipment could speed HIV diagnosis in infants in rural clinics. The assays works with all major global HIV-1 subtypes.
11 June 2013 | International AIDS Society
Since 2005, the number of children living with HIV receiving lifesaving treatment has quadrupled. But still, only 28 percent of the nearly two million children in need of lifelong HIV treatment are getting it.
10 December 2012 | The Hill
The first-of-a-kind test will deliver a diagnosis in less than an hour while mother and child are still in the clinic -- and, if all goes well, could dramatically improve the rates in which infected infants are diagnosed and treated.The test is a miniaturized, inexpensive version of the p24 HIV test and is designed specifically for use in developing countries.
29 October 2012 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
In sub-Saharan Africa, it can take up to three months for mothers to learn whether their babies have been infected with the virus. Now researchers are about to unveil a new HIV test for infants which promises to produce a result in less than an hour at a palatable cost.
26 October 2012 | Chicago Tribune
A significant percentage of infants born to HIV-infected mothers still have maternal HIV antibodies well beyond 18 months of age, which is the cutoff for the surveillance case definition for HIV infection currently used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
24 August 2012 | Medscape (requires free registration)
The second edition of the UNITAID Diagnostic Technology Landscape is now available online. First published in June 2011, the report has proven a critical tool for those interested in understanding the pipeline for HIV point-of-care diagnostics, including global health institutions, health care providers, investors, and developers. The 2012 edition represents UNITAID’s continued effort to map the landscape of existing and pipeline products and provides updated information on progress in the development of these important technologies.
26 June 2012 | UNITAID
Jesse Mtembe, a nursing officer at the Akithenesit Health Centre in Teso North, in Kenya's Western Province, cannot wait for his centre to be connected to a
new software system for diagnosing HIV in infants that is being developed in the country's leading private university.
13 June 2012 | Inter Press Service