HIV affects the immune system. Testing a small sample of blood can show the health of the immune system and how much HIV is in the blood. Other tests can look at the health of other parts of the body, which may be affected by HIV or other conditions.

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  • Unique Health Care Challenges for Older Adults with HIV

    Dr. Meredith Greene, fellow in the Division of Geriatrics at University of California, San Francisco, has spent her career working out how to integrate HIV services and geriatric care. “Traditionally, those areas haven’t overlapped a lot,” she explains—yet as individuals with HIV live longer with increasingly more effective and tolerable HIV therapies, she recognizes the importance of tailoring medical care services for older HIV-positive adults to their unique medical needs.

    17 September 2014 | BETA blog
  • 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
  • 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
  • '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 |
  • Malawi's success story in reducing HIV infection

    Through dispensing antiretroviral drugs and monitoring their effectiveness, Malawi has slashed deaths and infection rates

    02 December 2013 | The Guardian
  • HIV Viral load testing to start at regional hospitals

    HIV-infected people could soon learn about the viral-load status of their blood from nearby regional hospitals, as the National Center for AIDS and STD Control (NCASC) of the Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has been preparing to set up such facilities at regional hospitals also. HIV patients would no longer be compelled to visit the capital to find out the density of the virus in their blood once these facilities became operational, officials at NCASC said.

    09 October 2013 | Republica
  • UNITAID technical report: Tuberculosis diagnostics technology and market landscape

    The report reviews the landscape of TB diagnostics - considering current and expected future technologies, as well as critical market issues, highlighting potential market-based approaches to address shortcomings and improve market function.

    11 July 2013 | UNITAID
  • UNITAID Makes First in Series of New Purchases of Point-of-Care HIV Diagnostic tests for High Burden Countries

    UNITAID's series of purchases of “point-of-care” HIV diagnostic products for routine use in low income countries with a high HIV/AIDS burden aims to ensure continuity of supply, accelerate treatment initiation and give 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 enable health monitoring in alignment with the new World Health Organization (WHO) HIV Treatment Guidelines launched on 30 June 2013.

    03 July 2013 | UNITAID
  • Detecting Kaposi's sarcoma with a smartphone accessory

    Engineers from Cornell University have created a new optical sensor that plugs in to a smartphone and, using disposable microfluidic chips, allows for inexpensive in-the-field diagnosis of Kaposi's sarcoma, a cancer linked to AIDS.

    07 June 2013 | Eurekalert Medicine & Health
  • Handheld mobile device performs laboratory-quality HIV testing

    A new handheld mobile device can check patients’ HIV status with just a finger prick, and synchronize the results in real time with electronic health records.

    21 January 2013 | Science Daily
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