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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
TB-HIV news from the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health.

This edition of HATIP reports on the 44th Union World Conference on Lung Health, held in Paris, 30 October-3 November 2013.

Published
28 February 2014
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HIV & AIDS treatment in practice
Older age associated with bigger increases in viral load and falls in CD4 count in patients not taking HIV treatment

Results of a large observational study underline the importance of closely monitoring viral load in HIV-positive patients who have yet to start antiretroviral therapy, especially if they are

Published
27 February 2014
By
Michael Carter
A low CD4 cell count despite viral suppression with HIV treatment is associated with a big increase in mortality risk

A low CD4 cell count is associated with increased mortality risk, even if people are taking virologically effective HIV therapy, an international team of investigators report in the

Published
14 February 2014
By
Michael Carter
Successful HIV drug resistance testing is possible when viral load is low

HIV drug resistance testing can perform well, even when viral load is as low as 250 copies/ml, results of two studies published in the online edition of

Published
27 January 2014
By
Michael Carter
Ongoing challenges in providing PMTCT in Kenya and Malawi

Ongoing systemic issues are affecting the implementation of the 2010 World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines on prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programmes in Kenya, according to a study

Published
24 January 2014
By
Lesley Odendal
Significant attrition at each step of the HIV care 'cascade' in British Columbia

Patients are being lost at each stage of the HIV care ‘cascade’ in British Columbia, Canada. Investigators from the STOP HIV/AIDS Study group examined data from 1996

Published
23 January 2014
By
Michael Carter
Computerised counselling for patients taking HIV therapy can reduce viral load, improve treatment adherence and reduce rates of risky sex

Computerised counselling can achieve reductions in viral load and HIV transmission risk behaviour, investigators from the United States report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired

Published
13 January 2014
By
Michael Carter
Mylan Announces CE Mark for MyT4™ Point-of-Care CD4 Diagnostic Test

Mylan, Inc. today announced that Zyomyx's MyT4™ point-of-care CD4 diagnostic test has received the CE Certificate of Conformity in the European Union, an important step toward launching this innovative test and expanding access to affordable, accessible and reliable diagnostics for people living with HIV globally.

Published
10 January 2014
From
Mylan
Regular clinic attendance especially beneficial for people with HIV who have low CD4 counts

People taking HIV treatment who have a low CD4 cell count are especially likely to achieve an undetectable viral if they attend their routine clinic appointments, research published

Published
09 January 2014
By
Michael Carter

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