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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
Large US study shows which HIV tests are most accurate

Differences in the performance of commonly used HIV tests lead to substantial differences in the number of infections which are diagnosed in everyday clinical practice, according to an

Published
06 January 2014
By
Roger Pebody
Pre-test HIV risk reduction counselling is not worth the money

A large US randomized control trial of the impact on STI risk of HIV risk reduction counselling in conjunction with the HIV test challenges the view that pre-test counselling constitutes an efficient use of limited resources – at least in the US setting.

Published
02 January 2014
From
BMJ
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
People newly diagnosed with HIV/STIs often have individuals with undiagnosed HIV in their social network

Asking people who are newly diagnosed with HIV or a sexually transmitted infection (STI) to recruit contacts in their social network for HIV/STI screening is an effective

Published
30 December 2013
By
Michael Carter
US: Why Aren't More Drug Treatment Centers Screening for HIV and Hep C?

Screening for potentially deadly infectious diseases has dropped at for-profit opioid treatment programs over the past decade.

Published
27 December 2013
From
Healthline
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

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