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UNITAID makes first in series of new purchases of point-of-care HIV diagnostic tests for high burden countries

This purchase is for a limited number of CD4 tests, with the objective of ensuring continuity of supply, accelerating treatment initiation and giving countries the opportunity to prepare for the arrival next year of other diagnostic products currently still in the pipeline. The roll out of pipeline products will target new innovative CD4, Early Infant Diagnosis (EID), and Viral Load (VL) products with an additional focus on those to test VL, in alignment with the new World Health Organization (WHO) HIV Treatment Guidelines launched on 30 June 2013.

Published
02 July 2013
From
UNITAID
New Method Promises Early In- Clinic Diagnosis of HIV in Infants

A new assay that detects as few as 3 copies of HIV DNA within 20 minutes and does not require complex equipment could speed HIV diagnosis in infants in rural clinics. The assays works with all major global HIV-1 subtypes.

Published
11 June 2013
From
International AIDS Society
Achieving an AIDS-free generation: Don't forget children living with HIV

Since 2005, the number of children living with HIV receiving lifesaving treatment has quadrupled. But still, only 28 percent of the nearly two million children in need of lifelong HIV treatment are getting it.

Published
10 December 2012
From
The Hill
Trial of HIV test for babies in Africa could make a big difference

The first-of-a-kind test will deliver a diagnosis in less than an hour while mother and child are still in the clinic -- and, if all goes well, could dramatically improve the rates in which infected infants are diagnosed and treated.The test is a miniaturized, inexpensive version of the p24 HIV test and is designed specifically for use in developing countries.

Published
29 October 2012
From
Eurekalert Inf Dis
Northwestern team develops fast HIV test for infants in Africa

In sub-Saharan Africa, it can take up to three months for mothers to learn whether their babies have been infected with the virus. Now researchers are about to unveil a new HIV test for infants which promises to produce a result in less than an hour at a palatable cost.

Published
26 October 2012
From
Chicago Tribune
Uninfected Infants May Carry Maternal HIV Antibodies Beyond 18 Months

A significant percentage of infants born to HIV-infected mothers still have maternal HIV antibodies well beyond 18 months of age, which is the cutoff for the surveillance case definition for HIV infection currently used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Published
24 August 2012
From
Medscape (requires free registration)
Second Edition of UNITAID Diagnostic Technology Landscape Report Published

The second edition of the UNITAID Diagnostic Technology Landscape is now available online. First published in June 2011, the report has proven a critical tool for those interested in understanding the pipeline for HIV point-of-care diagnostics, including global health institutions, health care providers, investors, and developers. The 2012 edition represents UNITAID’s continued effort to map the landscape of existing and pipeline products and provides updated information on progress in the development of these important technologies.

Published
26 June 2012
From
UNITAID
Instant Infant HIV Diagnosis to be Rolled Out in Rural Kenya

Jesse Mtembe, a nursing officer at the Akithenesit Health Centre in Teso North, in Kenya's Western Province, cannot wait for his centre to be connected to a new software system for diagnosing HIV in infants that is being developed in the country's leading private university.

Published
13 June 2012
From
Inter Press Service
UNAIDS launches "Believe it. Do it." action campaign to help end new HIV infections among children by 2015

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today launched a new campaign, "Believe it. Do it.", aimed at bringing attention and action to the global goal of ending new HIV infections among children by 2015 and ensuring mothers living with HIV remain healthy.

Published
09 May 2012
From
UNAIDS
Instant Infant HIV Diagnosis to be Rolled Out in Rural Kenya

Jesse Mtembe, a nursing officer at the Akithenesit Health Centre in Teso North, in Kenya's Western Province, cannot wait for his centre to be connected to a new software system for diagnosing HIV in infants that is being developed in the country's leading private university.

Published
19 March 2012
From
Inter Press Service

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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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