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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  • 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
  • Issue Brief: Achieving undetectable: what questions remain in scaling-up HIV virologic treatment monitoring?

    Although the majority of developing countries do not yet offer viral load testing on a routine basis, the use of HIV viral load monitoring is rapidly gathering pace in most developing countries. Which questions remain in further scaling up this gold standard for HIV treatment monitoring in these countries? Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is releasing Achieving Undetectable, the latest in a series of issue briefs and reports on access to viral load monitoring in resource-limited settings.

    15 December 2014 | MSF
  • Sophisticated HIV diagnostics adapted for remote areas

    Diagnosing HIV and other infectious diseases presents unique challenges in remote locations that lack electric power, refrigeration, and appropriately trained health care staff. To address these issues, researchers have developed a low-cost, electricity-free device capable of detecting the DNA of infectious pathogens, including HIV-1.

    10 December 2014 | Science Daily
  • Sophisticated HIV diagnostics adapted for remote areas

    Diagnosing HIV and other infectious diseases presents unique challenges in remote locations that lack electric power, refrigeration, and appropriately trained health care staff. To address these issues, researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a low-cost, electricity-free device capable of detecting the DNA of infectious pathogens, including HIV-1.

    02 December 2014 | National Institutes of Health
  • Landmark HIV diagnostic access program will save $150m and help achieve new global goals on HIV

    Roche today announced a major Global Access Program to sharply lower the price of HIV viral load tests in low- and middle-income countries. This new initiative creates a ceiling price of US$ 9.40 per test, and will reduce Roche’s average price by more than 40% in low- and middle-income countries. When fully implemented, the Global Access Program is projected to save more than US$ 150 million in costs over the next five years.

    29 September 2014 | UNAIDs press release
  • Roche launches Global Access Program for HIV viral load testing

    To support the Global Access Program, Roche has committed to expanding access to its COBAS® AmpliPrep/COBAS TaqMan HIV-1 Test version 2.0 through a special pricing scheme for qualifying organizations in eligible countries.

    26 September 2014 | Roche press release
  • Point-of-care CD4 testing is economically feasible for HIV care in resource-limited areas

    A study by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators, working in collaboration with colleagues in Mozambique and South Africa, indicates that routine use of point-of-care CD4 testing at the time of HIV diagnosis would be cost effective in countries where health care and other resources are severely limited.

    17 September 2014 | Eurekalert Inf Dis
  • 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
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