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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
HCV antibody testing may miss recent infections in gay men living with HIV

Nucleic acid testing should be used to diagnose acute hepatitis C virus (HCV) infections in gay men living with HIV, Dutch research published in the online edition

Published
23 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
Unique Health Care Challenges for Older Adults with HIV

Dr. Meredith Greene, fellow in the Division of Geriatrics at University of California, San Francisco, has spent her career working out how to integrate HIV services and geriatric care. “Traditionally, those areas haven’t overlapped a lot,” she explains—yet as individuals with HIV live longer with increasingly more effective and tolerable HIV therapies, she recognizes the importance of tailoring medical care services for older HIV-positive adults to their unique medical needs.

Published
17 September 2014
From
BETA blog
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
HIV superinfection associated with accelerated viral load increase but has no impact on clinical disease progression

HIV superinfection has no impact on clinical disease progression, investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. Superinfection was associated with accelerated viral load increase and had a

Published
19 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
South African women living with HIV subtype C experience rapid CD4 cell loss

A third of women living with HIV subtype C have a fall in their CD4 count to below 350 cells/mm3 within a year of seroconversion, investigators

Published
05 August 2014
By
Michael Carter

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