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Rheonix develops combined HIV antibody and HIV RNA test

Rheonix Inc. a developer of fully automated molecular testing solutions, has completed development and testing of a microfluidic system and assay to simultaneously detect host anti-HIV antibodies and viral RNA in a single specimen of saliva or blood. The Rheonix system will improve HIV testing by detecting early, acute HIV infection and addressing the well - known “seroconversion window” when antibodies are not yet detectable, thus eliminating the need for multiple patient visits to health care providers. .

Published
16 March 2016
From
Rheonix press release
CROI 2016: HIV trial data raises the question of how to end an epidemic when men are “missing but in action...”

Studies highlighting HIV treatment gaps among men and how to address them.

Published
01 March 2016
From
Science Speaks
Almost-certain case of PrEP failure due to drug resistance reported at CROI 2016

A case report of a man in Toronto who became infected with a multi-drug-resistant strain of HIV despite apparently very consistent adherence to PrEP was presented at

Published
25 February 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Removing clinic barriers to rapid initiation of ART in Uganda enables 70% to start on the same day

Making point-of-care CD4 count diagnostics available, revising adherence counselling requirements and giving extra training to healthcare workers can almost quadruple the number of patients who begin antiretroviral

Published
25 February 2016
By
Roger Pebody
PopART trial shows feasibility of reaching 90-90-90 targets for testing and treatment coverage in Zambia and South Africa

Early findings from the PopART study of the impact of a test-and-treat strategy on antiretroviral treatment coverage and HIV incidence show that after one round of household-based

Published
25 February 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
Partner notification feasible and effective in African settings

Partner notification programmes, offering HIV testing to the sexual partners of people newly diagnosed with HIV, have rarely been implemented in African countries, but can be highly

Published
25 February 2016
By
Roger Pebody
During pregnancy, offering HIV testing at home doubles the proportion of male partners who test

A programme of home visits, partner education and HIV testing for couples in Kenya was able to double the proportion of men who tested during their partner’s

Published
24 February 2016
By
Roger Pebody
People with HIV considerably overestimate their chance of infecting someone

Only a small proportion of HIV-positive people in a large US treatment study, ACTG A5257, regarded themselves as non-infectious after up to three years on antiretroviral therapy (ART),

Published
24 February 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Dying from a treatable disease: HIV and the men we neglect

The international community has done a great deal to keep women and their children alive through the AIDS epidemic. It should not continue to overlook their husbands and fathers. Dedicated male-friendly HIV services are needed.

Published
23 February 2016
From
The Conversation
Study compares tests to detect acute HIV infection

In a study appearing in the Feb. 16 issue of JAMA, Philip J. Peters, M.D., of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, and colleagues evaluated the performance of an HIV antigen/antibody (Ag/Ab) combination assay to detect acute HIV infection (early infection) compared with pooled HIV RNA testing, the reference standard.

Published
22 February 2016
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health

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