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Researchers may have caught HIV becoming more virulent

A study from Cuba has generated wide media interest because researchers have identified a particular variety of the virus which is associated with rapid post-diagnosis falls in

Published
19 February 2015
By
Gus Cairns
bioLytical's INSTI HIV/Syphilis Multiplex Test Cleared for European Market

bioLytical Laboratories Inc., a leading manufacturer of rapid point-of-care diagnostic tests, announced today that its INSTI™ HIV/Syphilis Multiplex Test has been cleared for immediate market entry in the European Union through its' Notified Body. With this approval, the INSTI™ HIV/Syphilis Multiplex Test is available for simultaneous detection of Syphilis, HIV-1 and HIV-2 antibodies in as little as 60 seconds.

Published
16 February 2015
From
PR Newswire
Study: Door-to-door campaign linked hepatitis C patients to care

Working on the streets in medically underserved Philadelphia neighborhoods, members of the Do One Thing program have been able to identify residents chronically infected with hepatitis C and help them overcome the hurdles that prevent people from being cured, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

Published
16 February 2015
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Ethiopia breaks world record for mass HIV test

The United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Ethiopia on Saturday announced that Ethiopia has now officially become world record holder for most people being tested for HIV. A total of 3,383 people voluntarily tested for HIV status in single venue in an eight-hour period.

Published
16 February 2015
From
Sudan Tribune
Smartphone, Finger Prick, 15 Minutes, Diagnosis—Done!

A team of researchers, led by Samuel K. Sia, associate professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia Engineering, has developed a low-cost smartphone accessory that can perform a point-of-care test that simultaneously detects three infectious disease markers from a finger prick of blood in just 15 minutes.

Published
09 February 2015
From
Columbia University press release
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
HIV testing yields diagnoses in Kenya but few seek care

A sweeping effort in a rural region of Kenya to test all adults for HIV discovered 1,300 new infections, but few of the newly diagnosed people pursued treatment, a study in the journal Lancet HIV reports. Three years after the home-based counseling and testing campaign only 15 percent of the newly diagnosed people had engaged in care for their infection.

Published
30 January 2015
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
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

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