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Abbott inks $5.8B deal for Alere to expand in point-of-care diagnostics

Abbott has landed on its next purchase, snatching up diagnostics outfit Alere to bulk up in point-of-care diagnostics and expand its international reach.

Published
09 February 2016
From
Fierce Medical Devices
HIV and drug resistance

A recent study found more resistance to the antiretroviral medicine tenofovir than had previously been reported, with 20% resistance to tenofovir in patients with treatment failure in Europe and over 50% resistance in patients with treatment failure in sub-Saharan Africa... The study underlines the importance of rapidly identifying treatment failure through routine measurement of viral load suppression—this is the basis of the third pillar of UNAIDS’ 90–90–90 treatment target, that 90% of people accessing HIV treatment have suppressed viral loads.

Published
09 February 2016
From
UNAIDS
Malawi: Govt Launches HIV Viral Load Scale Up Strategic Implementation Plan

Government on Wednesday launched the Viral Load scale Up Strategic Implementation Plan for the years 2015 to 2018.

Published
19 January 2016
From
AllAfrica
Undetectable & Low-level HIV Viral Replication

Even people who are adherent to their medication regimens may experience occasional “blips” in their viral loads, experience viral rebound or maintain a steady, if low, viral load above undetectable levels. To understand why some people struggle to achieve or remain undetectable, we spoke with Keith Henry, MD, an HIV specialist at Hennepin County Medical Center who has more than 25 years of experience caring for people with HIV.

Published
06 January 2016
From
BETA blog
UK maintains the largest HIV epidemic in western Europe

The annual surveillance report released recently by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) shows that the number and rate of new diagnoses of HIV

Published
15 December 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Barriers to progress – Treatment activists’ response to WHO HIV treatment guidelines 2015

Three issues that represent barriers to continued progress: community-led treatment education is inadequately supported and needs to be scaled up; people living in middle income countries are denied affordable access to essential medicines, such as dolutegravir; availability of routine viral load monitoring remains patchy.and limited in too many countries.

Published
01 December 2015
From
International Treatment Preparedness Coalition
Routine viral load tests must be accessible for all

In Zambia, on 30 October, hundreds of people marched as part of a new campaign calling on African governments to make viral load tests routinely available to all citizens living with HIV. The campaign Be Healthy – Know your viral load was launched in Lusaka, and people living with HIV, treatment advocates and representatives from the participating countries* took part in a march which was flagged off by George Nyendwa, Mayor of Lusaka.

Published
10 November 2015
From
Key Correspondents
How do we maximise global HIV treatment access? IAPAC Care Continuum Guidelines make recommendations

IAPAC, the International Association of Practitioners in AIDS Care, has issued a set of guidelines that aims to establish a common set of best practices to ensure

Published
09 November 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Does low-level HIV viral load raise the risk of disease progression and co-morbidities?

People living with HIV who have a detectable but low viral load – in the range of 50 to 500 or 1000 copies/ml – may continue to

Published
09 November 2015
By
Liz Highleyman
Patients of non-specialist HIV physicians often have poor ART outcomes and frequently receive sub-optimal care

Physician experience is associated with the quality of care provided to HIV-positive patients, new research suggests. Investigators in New York State found that the patients of doctors treating

Published
05 November 2015
By
Michael Carter
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