The types of tests used to monitor health can be expensive. Alternative ways of assessing patient health and making decisions about treatment and care are an important aspect of health care in resource-limited settings. This can include taking a detailed patient history and performing a physical examination.

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  • Routine viral load tests must be accessible for all

    In Zambia, on 30 October, hundreds of people marched as part of a new campaign calling on African governments to make viral load tests routinely available to all citizens living with HIV. The campaign Be Healthy – Know your viral load was launched in Lusaka, and people living with HIV, treatment advocates and representatives from the participating countries* took part in a march which was flagged off by George Nyendwa, Mayor of Lusaka.

    10 November 2015 | Key Correspondents
  • High rate of errors in CD4 testing

    In a study by Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) to test the accuracy of the Alere Pima (CD4 count) analyser, researchers found a high proportion of invalid CD4 count test results – suggesting that operators were not skilled enough to operate the device among other problems.

    08 September 2015 | Independent Online - South Africa
  • Vancouver delegates call for greater innovation in HIV diagnostics

    Innovation in HIV diagnostics is urgently needed if the world hopes to achieve the 90–90–90 target for access to antiretroviral therapy, leading scientific experts advised this week. The call for intensified effort and innovation on HIV diagnostics occurred during two sessions at the 8th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, held in Vancouver, Canada.

    22 July 2015 | UNAIDS
  • New Approach on HIV Viral Load Testing

    Framework agreements will be established between the Global Fund and seven diagnostic manufacturers which aim to make the market for HIV viral load testing more transparent and competitive, driving cost reductions of up to one third. The agreements should deliver net savings of at least US$30 million over three years to the Global Fund, and potentially much more.

    17 June 2015 | Global Fund
  • Cepheid announces European approval of Xpert HCV Viral Load

    Quantitative test for rapid measurement of hepatitis C virus viral load and confirmation of HCV infection delivers on-demand results in less than 2 hours.

    16 April 2015 | Cepheid press release
  • Smartphone, Finger Prick, 15 Minutes, Diagnosis—Done!

    A team of researchers, led by Samuel K. Sia, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a point-of-care test that simultaneously detects three infectious disease markers from a finger prick of blood in just 15 minutes.

    09 February 2015 | Columbia University press release
  • Could a $34 smartphone device improve HIV diagnosis in Africa?

    A $34 device that plugs into the audio jack of a smartphone was nearly as effective as far more costly diagnostic blood testing equipment in identifying antibodies for HIV and syphilis in a pilot study in Africa, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

    06 February 2015 | Reuters
  • Zimbabwe finally switches away from stavudine

    The Zimbabwean government has finally dropped stavudine, lamivudine and nevirapine as its first-line HIV therapy in favour of a single dose treatment which has a combination of three drugs, namely tenofovir/lamivudine/efavirenz (TLN).The Government dropped the first line HIV treatment after realizing that it was causing severe side effects on patients. Stanley Takaona of the Zimbabwe HIV and AIDS Activist Union Community Trust said the introduction of the new HIV drug was going to save more lives.

    19 January 2015 | AllAfrica
  • Pneumonia risk far higher for HIV-positive children, study shows

    HIV-positive children in developing countries are six times more likely to die from pneumonia than children without the virus, research suggests. The first global study into pneumonia deaths in children with HIV has found that, in one year, pneumonia affected 1.4 million children and led to a further 88,000 deaths.

    07 January 2015 | Science Daily
  • Different community HIV testing and counselling approaches reach different populations in rural Africa

    Home- and community-based HIV testing and counselling services can achieve high participation uptake in rural Africa but reach different populations within a community and should be provided, depending on the groups that are being targeted, according to new research published in PLOS Medicine.

    17 December 2014 | Medical News Today
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