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HIV effort let down by test shortages, says WHO

A shortage of HIV testing could undermine global efforts to diagnose and treat people with the infection, warn experts from the World Health Organization.

Published
24 August 2016
From
BBC Health
Viral load pilot study shows roll-out will depend on an educated workforce

For viral load testing to prevent treatment failure, drug resistance and onward transmission, treatment programmes will need to invest in better record-keeping and clinic procedures, human resources,

Published
22 July 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
More confidence on zero risk: still no transmissions seen from people with an undetectable viral load in PARTNER study

The PARTNER study, which two years ago created headlines by establishing that the chance of an HIV-positive person with an undetectable viral load transmitting their virus was

Published
19 July 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Alere HIV Combo Test Receives WHO Prequalification

Alere, a global leader in rapid diagnostics, today announced that its Alere HIV Combo, a rapid point-of-care fourth-generation test that detects both HIV-1/2 antibodies and the HIV-1 p24 antigen, has been awarded World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification, making it available for public sector procurement in resource-limited countries.

Published
17 July 2016
From
Alere press release
Challenges Loom for Point-of-Care Diagnostics

POC is likely to grow in emerging markets, where limited resources and local conditions make traditional lab-based testing less practical.

Published
13 July 2016
From
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
MSF Report - Making Viral Load Routine

Based on a survey performed across ten MSF supported ART sites and seven viral load testing laboratories in February 2016, “Making viral load routine” aims to share practical lessons from the field with Ministries of Health and implementing partners. The report reflects both on the programmatic strategies required within the clinic (for clinicians, counsellors and patients) and the realities of both setting up and keeping a viral load testing laboratory functional in such settings.

Published
12 July 2016
From
MSF
Hepatitis C antigen testing could eliminate need for two-step HCV testing, reduce cost of access

Testing for hepatitis C virus core antigen could eventually replace the current two-step procedure for diagnosing chronic hepatitis C infection in lower- and middle-income countries, speeding up

Published
23 June 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
Less frequent CD4 and viral load monitoring safe for people doing well on ART

The frequency of routine monitoring for people treated with antiretrovirals with viral suppression can be safely reduced from every three months, to every six months, investigators from

Published
13 June 2016
By
Michael Carter
European prize for HIV diagnostic kit

The device, called SAMBA, can accurately and rapidly diagnose HIV using a tiny sample of blood. The kits are used in countries with no laboratory infrastructure and they do not need to be operated by medically trained staff.

Published
12 June 2016
From
Wellcome Trust
Significant attrition at each stage of HIV care cascade in South Africa

There is significant attrition at each stage of the HIV care continuum in South Africa, according to a study published in the online edition of the Journal

Published
06 June 2016
By
Michael Carter
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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