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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
Viral load tests 'could transform HIV treatment failure'

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is calling for an increased use of viral load monitoring to improve treatment outcomes of HIV patients, in its latest study on testing in Africa. Of those suspected of treatment failure after standard HIV tests such as white cell counts and clinical signs, as many as 70 per cent could be unnecessarily switched to more toxic treatments because these tests can falsely suggest their first-line treatment is failing, MSF’s study reports.

Published
02 January 2014
From
SciDev.net
'Samba' viral load machine a boost for HIV patients in Malawi

Viral load testing becomes easier and quicker, improves life in remote rural areas.

Published
02 January 2014
From
Gulfnews.com
Implementing viral load testing in resource-limited settings: one size does not fit all

Routine viral load can be done in low-resource settings, Helen Bygrave of Médecins Sans Frontières' Southern African Medical Unit told the 17th International Conference on Aids and Sexually

Published
19 December 2013
By
Mara Kardas-Nelson
Finding new ways to make viral load testing cheaper

As the number of people receiving HIV treatment rises, and more people become eligible for treatment, the prohibitive cost of viral load tests will have to come down, and donors should use their purchasing power to push for better prices, said medical charity Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in a report released at the 17th International AIDS Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa.

Published
13 December 2013
From
IRIN
IPRs An Issue In Latest HIV Treatment Monitoring Test, Group Says

Intellectual property rights represent a hurdle to lower-priced, high quality tests of HIV treatment monitoring in developing countries, public health group Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, Doctors without Borders) said today.

Published
11 December 2013
From
Intellectual Property Watch
Severity of HIV seroconversion illness associated with subsequent disease progression

Severity of symptoms during primary HIV infection (PHI) is associated with subsequent disease progression, results of a study published in PLoS One show. People who had severe

Published
05 December 2013
By
Michael Carter
Malawi's success story in reducing HIV infection

Through dispensing antiretroviral drugs and monitoring their effectiveness, Malawi has slashed deaths and infection rates

Published
02 December 2013
From
The Guardian
Technology can help shift the HIV response to the community level

"Already moving HIV prevention and treatment to the community level has saved hundreds of millions of dollars in the countries that have made this move, avoided thousands of unnecessary hospitalisations and allowed much more rapid diagnosis and treatment for millions,” said Dr Broun. “Further cost-savings can be gained if we move laboratory-based diagnosis to communities by using technology adapted for the point of care.”

Published
28 November 2013
From
UNITAID
Proportion of people in southern Africa starting ART with advanced HIV disease falls

The proportion of people in sub-Saharan Africa who started antiretroviral therapy (ART) with advanced HIV disease decreased significantly between 2006 and 2011, research published in the

Published
26 November 2013
By
Michael Carter

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