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Could a $34 smartphone device improve HIV diagnosis in Africa?

A $34 device that plugs into the audio jack of a smartphone was nearly as effective as far more costly diagnostic blood testing equipment in identifying antibodies for HIV and syphilis in a pilot study in Africa, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.

Published
06 February 2015
From
Reuters
No improvements in CD4 count at diagnosis in African patients in last decade

A study by Harvard Medical School has found that the average CD4 count in sub-Saharan African people who are diagnosed with HIV has not risen since 2002.

Published
04 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
An HIV Doctor Tells You If Undetectable Really Is the New Negative

Does being undetectable change the way you talk about your HIV status? Can a person who is undetectable stop worrying about transmitting HIV? Joel Gallant, an HIV doctor at Southwest CARE Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico gives his view.

Published
28 January 2015
From
The Body
Starting HIV treatment early and then interrupting is no better than delaying it

A French study that looked at the total amount of time since infection that people with HIV have spent with a detectable viral load has found that,

Published
22 January 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Cepheid and FIND Announce European Approval of Xpert HIV-1 Viral Load

Cepheid and the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) today announced that Xpert® HIV-1 Viral Load, a quantitative test for measurement of the HIV-1 viral load in plasma, has achieved CE-IVD status under the European Directive on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices. The test runs on the Cepheid GeneXpert® System, the world's leading molecular diagnostic platform with over 7,500 systems deployed globally in both developed and emerging market countries.

Published
21 January 2015
From
Cepheid press release
Zimbabwe finally switches away from stavudine

The Zimbabwean government has finally dropped stavudine, lamivudine and nevirapine as its first-line HIV therapy in favour of a single dose treatment which has a combination of three drugs, namely tenofovir/lamivudine/efavirenz (TLN).The Government dropped the first line HIV treatment after realizing that it was causing severe side effects on patients. Stanley Takaona of the Zimbabwe HIV and AIDS Activist Union Community Trust said the introduction of the new HIV drug was going to save more lives.

Published
19 January 2015
From
AllAfrica
Pneumonia risk far higher for HIV-positive children, study shows

HIV-positive children in developing countries are six times more likely to die from pneumonia than children without the virus, research suggests. The first global study into pneumonia deaths in children with HIV has found that, in one year, pneumonia affected 1.4 million children and led to a further 88,000 deaths.

Published
07 January 2015
From
Science Daily
Elite controllers may pay a high price for their low viral load

About one in 200 people with HIV maintains an undetectable viral load and high CD4 counts without having to take antiretroviral therapy (ART). These so-called ‘elite controllers’

Published
07 January 2015
By
Gus Cairns
Different community HIV testing and counselling approaches reach different populations in rural Africa

Home- and community-based HIV testing and counselling services can achieve high participation uptake in rural Africa but reach different populations within a community and should be provided, depending on the groups that are being targeted, according to new research published in PLOS Medicine.

Published
17 December 2014
From
Medical News Today
Issue Brief: Achieving undetectable: what questions remain in scaling-up HIV virologic treatment monitoring?

Although the majority of developing countries do not yet offer viral load testing on a routine basis, the use of HIV viral load monitoring is rapidly gathering pace in most developing countries. Which questions remain in further scaling up this gold standard for HIV treatment monitoring in these countries? Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is releasing Achieving Undetectable, the latest in a series of issue briefs and reports on access to viral load monitoring in resource-limited settings.

Published
15 December 2014
From
MSF

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