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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
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
DIY HIV tests a hit with Scotland’s islanders

ISLANDERS from some of Scotland’s most remote communities have been among the first to take advantage of the country’s free HIV home testing kits.

Published
19 January 2015
From
The Scotsman

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