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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.

Published
29 September 2014
From
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.

Published
26 September 2014
From
Roche press release
Treatment of worm infections leads to increases in CD4 counts and haemoglobin and fall in viral load for HIV-positive women taking ART

De-worming is associated with falls in viral load and increases in CD4 count and haemoglobin, in pregnant women living with HIV and receiving antiretroviral therapy (ART), according to

Published
26 September 2014
By
Michael Carter
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.

Published
17 September 2014
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Late enrolment in HIV care declines in sub-Saharan Africa, but majority of people still eligible for immediate ART at diagnosis

The proportion of HIV-positive patients in sub-Saharan Africa who entered care late declined significantly between 2006 and 2011, investigators report in AIDS. However, over half of those

Published
26 August 2014
By
Michael Carter
Excellent outcomes among people starting HIV therapy at high CD4 counts in Uganda

People in Uganda starting antiretroviral therapy (ART) with higher CD4 counts can achieve excellent outcomes, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. Asymptomatic adults who started therapy

Published
08 August 2014
By
Michael Carter
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
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