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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.

Published
23 July 2014
From
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).

Published
22 July 2014
From
MSF
Study shows prognostic value of viral load monitoring among people living with subtype C HIV in South Africa

Viral load is the single most important predictor of CD4 cell loss among people in South Africa who had not started HIV treatment, investigators report in

Published
02 June 2014
By
Michael Carter
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.

Published
20 May 2014
From
Inter Press Service
PCR testing reveals high prevalence of CNS infections among people living with HIV in Zambia with CNS symptoms

There is a high prevalence of central nervous system (CNS) opportunistic infections among people living with HIV in Zambia who present with CNS symptoms, investigators report in

Published
30 April 2014
By
Michael Carter
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.

Published
28 April 2014
From
BD Biosciences press release
Can we provide point-of-care viral load tests in poor countries?

It is not impossible to provide mobile, point-of-care viral load tests in resource-poor settings, the 2014 Treatment as Prevention workshop in Vancouver heard last week. By using a number

Published
10 April 2014
By
Gus Cairns
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.

Published
31 March 2014
From
Sci Dev Net
South African treatment guidelines need to consider viral load, not CD4 count, to achieve greater impact of treatment as prevention: study

Recommendations about the initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) need to change for the use of HIV treatment as prevention to have maximum benefit, according to an international team

Published
27 March 2014
By
Michael Carter
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?

Published
28 February 2014
From
PLOS Blogs
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