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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  • Abbott inks $5.8B deal for Alere to expand in point-of-care diagnostics

    Abbott has landed on its next purchase, snatching up diagnostics outfit Alere to bulk up in point-of-care diagnostics and expand its international reach.

    09 February 2016 | Fierce Medical Devices
  • HIV and drug resistance

    A recent study found more resistance to the antiretroviral medicine tenofovir than had previously been reported, with 20% resistance to tenofovir in patients with treatment failure in Europe and over 50% resistance in patients with treatment failure in sub-Saharan Africa... The study underlines the importance of rapidly identifying treatment failure through routine measurement of viral load suppression—this is the basis of the third pillar of UNAIDS’ 90–90–90 treatment target, that 90% of people accessing HIV treatment have suppressed viral loads.

    09 February 2016 | UNAIDS
  • Malawi: Govt Launches HIV Viral Load Scale Up Strategic Implementation Plan

    Government on Wednesday launched the Viral Load scale Up Strategic Implementation Plan for the years 2015 to 2018.

    19 January 2016 | AllAfrica
  • Barriers to progress – Treatment activists’ response to WHO HIV treatment guidelines 2015

    Three issues that represent barriers to continued progress: community-led treatment education is inadequately supported and needs to be scaled up; people living in middle income countries are denied affordable access to essential medicines, such as dolutegravir; availability of routine viral load monitoring remains patchy.and limited in too many countries.

    01 December 2015 | International Treatment Preparedness Coalition
  • 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
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