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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
Very high levels of drug resistance seen in people experiencing first-line antiretroviral therapy failure in Kenya

A cross-sectional survey of viral load in patients attending the largest HIV clinic in Kenya has shown that after an average of nearly two years

Published
31 May 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Early-capture HIV study allows for characterization of acute infection period

Acute HIV infection (AHI) contributes significantly to HIV transmission and may be important for intervention strategies seeking to reduce incidence and achieve a functional cure. In a study by the U.S. Military HIV Research Program (MHRP), Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, scientists enrolled and intensively followed a cohort of high-risk individuals, tracking their HIV status and characterizing the disease through the acute stages of HIV infection.

Published
19 May 2016
From
EurekAlert!
Indian study proves that more people virally suppressed in a population equals fewer HIV infections

The proportion of people living with HIV in a population who have a detectable viral load is much more strongly associated with the rate of

Published
06 April 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Almost-certain case of PrEP failure due to drug resistance reported at CROI 2016

A case report of a man in Toronto who became infected with a multi-drug-resistant strain of HIV despite apparently very consistent adherence to PrEP was presented at

Published
25 February 2016
By
Gus Cairns

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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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