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Roche announces launch of the Dual Target HIV-1 Qualitative Test in markets accepting the CE mark

The new test will help increase access for early infant HIV diagnosis and makes sample collection and transportation easy, including in rural areas.

18 February 2014
PR Newswire (press release)
Children at risk of AIDS should be tested at birth - UNAIDS

More than a quarter of a million children each year are born infected with the virus that causes AIDS, but too few are being tested early to receive treatment and prolong their lives, the United Nations said on Wednesday. Michele Sidibe, executive director of UNAIDS, called for diagnostic kits to be improved for detection in babies of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) that causes AIDS, and for their "still high" current price of $25-50 to be brought down.

20 November 2013
South Africa: Paediatric ART flowchart

A flowchart / algorithm depicting the recommended management of infants exposed to HIV, including ART initiation pathways, according to South African guidelines.

20 August 2013
South African Department of Health
Text messages to mothers improve early infant HIV diagnosis rates in Kenya and Mozambique

Use of text messaging significantly improved the rate of early infant diagnosis (EID) among HIV-positive pregnant women enrolled in a prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programme in Kenya,

10 July 2013
Carole Leach-Lemens
UNITAID makes first in series of new purchases of point-of-care HIV diagnostic tests for high burden countries

This purchase is for a limited number of CD4 tests, with the objective of ensuring continuity of supply, accelerating treatment initiation and giving 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 target new innovative CD4, Early Infant Diagnosis (EID), and Viral Load (VL) products with an additional focus on those to test VL, in alignment with the new World Health Organization (WHO) HIV Treatment Guidelines launched on 30 June 2013.

02 July 2013
New Method Promises Early In- Clinic Diagnosis of HIV in Infants

A new assay that detects as few as 3 copies of HIV DNA within 20 minutes and does not require complex equipment could speed HIV diagnosis in infants in rural clinics. The assays works with all major global HIV-1 subtypes.

11 June 2013
International AIDS Society
Point-of-care (POC) diagnostics are essential to achieving an AIDS-free generation and improving outcomes in HIV-exposed children

This edition reviews recent evidence on point-of-care testing, on tests in development, and looks at experience of optimising performance of dried blood spot sampling.

14 December 2012
HIV & AIDS treatment in practice
Achieving an AIDS-free generation: Don't forget children living with HIV

Since 2005, the number of children living with HIV receiving lifesaving treatment has quadrupled. But still, only 28 percent of the nearly two million children in need of lifelong HIV treatment are getting it.

10 December 2012
The Hill
Trial of HIV test for babies in Africa could make a big difference

The first-of-a-kind test will deliver a diagnosis in less than an hour while mother and child are still in the clinic -- and, if all goes well, could dramatically improve the rates in which infected infants are diagnosed and treated.The test is a miniaturized, inexpensive version of the p24 HIV test and is designed specifically for use in developing countries.

29 October 2012
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Northwestern team develops fast HIV test for infants in Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, it can take up to three months for mothers to learn whether their babies have been infected with the virus. Now researchers are about to unveil a new HIV test for infants which promises to produce a result in less than an hour at a palatable cost.

26 October 2012
Chicago Tribune
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