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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  • UNAIDS and partners launch initiative to improve HIV diagnostics

    The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has joined with global and regional partners to launch the Diagnostics Access Initiative which calls for improving laboratory capacity to ensure that all people living with HIV can be linked to effective, high-quality HIV treatment services.

    23 July 2014 | UNAIDS
  • High prices hinder access to newer HIV drugs and optimal tests that ensure treatment is working

    High prices continue to represent a major barrier to affordable access of both new HIV medicines and viral load testing -- which is the best way to monitor whether treatment is working -- according to two reports released today by international medical humanitarian organisation Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

    22 July 2014 | MSF
  • Viral Load Testing Dismally Absent in Africa

    As Africa scales up lifesaving antiretroviral therapy for HIV positive people, concerns are rife that the absence of mass routine viral load testing will hamper extending treatment to the millions who need it.

    20 May 2014 | Inter Press Service
  • BD Launches New Point-of-Care System for HIV/AIDS Patients

    Easy-to-use CD4 analysis platform tailored to meet the needs of resource-limited settings.

    28 April 2014 | BD Biosciences press release
  • Point-of-care HIV tests elude poor countries

    High costs and logistic hurdles have delayed the rollout of point-of-care (POC) diagnostic tests for HIV in resource-poor countries where they are urgently needed, experts say.

    31 March 2014 | Sci Dev Net
  • Is Viral Load Testing for HIV a Realistic Strategy in Developing Countries?

    Are the new WHO recommendations realistic for low-income countries? If not, what needs to be done to achieve better access to technologies for viral load monitoring in resource-poor settings?

    28 February 2014 | PLOS Blogs
  • Mylan Announces CE Mark for MyT4™ Point-of-Care CD4 Diagnostic Test

    Mylan, Inc. today announced that Zyomyx's MyT4™ point-of-care CD4 diagnostic test has received the CE Certificate of Conformity in the European Union, an important step toward launching this innovative test and expanding access to affordable, accessible and reliable diagnostics for people living with HIV globally.

    10 January 2014 | Mylan
  • Viral load tests 'could transform HIV treatment failure'

    Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling for an increased use of viral load monitoring to improve treatment outcomes of HIV patients, in its latest study on testing in Africa. Of those suspected of treatment failure after standard HIV tests such as white cell counts and clinical signs, as many as 70 per cent could be unnecessarily switched to more toxic treatments because these tests can falsely suggest their first-line treatment is failing, MSF’s study reports.

    02 January 2014 | SciDev.net
  • 'Samba' viral load machine a boost for HIV patients in Malawi

    Viral load testing becomes easier and quicker, improves life in remote rural areas.

    02 January 2014 | Gulfnews.com
  • Finding new ways to make viral load testing cheaper

    As the number of people receiving HIV treatment rises, and more people become eligible for treatment, the prohibitive cost of viral load tests will have to come down, and donors should use their purchasing power to push for better prices, said medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a report released at the 17th International AIDS Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa.

    13 December 2013 | IRIN
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