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Market constraints and uncertainties may limit the scale-up of HIV self-testing

Four different HIV self-test products are now manufactured and approved for sale in the US and Europe, with a further nine in the pipeline, but uncertainties about

Published
21 July 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Alere HIV Combo Test Receives WHO Prequalification

Alere, a global leader in rapid diagnostics, today announced that its Alere HIV Combo, a rapid point-of-care fourth-generation test that detects both HIV-1/2 antibodies and the HIV-1 p24 antigen, has been awarded World Health Organization (WHO) prequalification, making it available for public sector procurement in resource-limited countries.

Published
17 July 2016
From
Alere press release
Challenges Loom for Point-of-Care Diagnostics

POC is likely to grow in emerging markets, where limited resources and local conditions make traditional lab-based testing less practical.

Published
13 July 2016
From
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
bioLytical Receives CE Mark for HIV Self-Testing Kit

The INSTI HIV Self Test will be commercially available in the UK, France and other key European countries by the fourth quarter of this year. The product will be marketed through retail locations and certain e-commerce platforms.

Published
12 July 2016
From
bioLytical press release
China making HIV self-test kits more accessible to plug gap in testing of at-risk groups

China is now aiming to make HIV self-test kits widely available to the internet-savvy generation. Its Centre for Aids/STD Control and Prevention (NCAids) said it would make the kits widely accessible through online outlets and pharmacies, which could “reach out to those under the radar, helping to link them to care”.

Published
27 June 2016
From
South China Morning Post
Free home HIV tests offered to gay men and black Africans in ‘groundbreaking’ pilot scheme

The UK’s leading HIV and sexual health charity has linked up with BioSure to launch a ‘groundbreaking’ pilot today, releasing 4,500 free HIV tests which are available to people at high risk of HIV, including men who have sex with men, and black Africans. Like a home pregnancy test, you do the test yourself and see the result within a few minutes.

Published
27 June 2016
From
Terrence Higgins Trust
First data on uptake of HIV self-testing in the UK

Between April 2015 and February 2016, almost 28,000 people have paid £29.95 for a kit allowing them to test for HIV at home, according to a presentation

Published
26 April 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Malawi: Oral Kits Let People Test for HIV at Home

A quick swab of the gums and people know their test results. In Malawi, many people didn't get tested for HIV before because that meant visiting a clinic - but they didn't want health officials to know their status.

Published
30 March 2016
From
AllAfrica
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
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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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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