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How you can help make viral load testing a reality this World Aids Day

How you can help make viral load testing a reality this World Aids Day | Viral Load | Scoop.it

The time for viral load testing is now.”For years, this has been the focus of this company and each of our employees. Today, it has become policy for developing nations around the world as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

Read more and check out the HIV Viral Load Assays Comparison Infographic here ---> http://bit.ly/HIV-Infographic

 

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Investment with Impact: Closing the HIV treatment gap

Investment with Impact: Closing the HIV treatment gap | Viral Load | Scoop.it
A presentation on the importance of global viral load monitoring to contain the HIV pandemic.

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World Aids Day 2013: Halfway to Zero - Blog - HIV Viral Load Monitoring

World Aids Day 2013: Halfway to Zero - Blog - HIV Viral Load Monitoring | Viral Load | Scoop.it
Each year World Aids Day helps raise awareness around the world. It’s also a time for ev...
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Time for a new gold standard in HIV viral load monitoring - Blog - HIV Viral Load Monitoring

Time for a new gold standard in HIV viral load monitoring - Blog - HIV Viral Load Monitoring | Viral Load | Scoop.it
This past year has brought more good news in the battle against HIV/AIDS with UNAIDS stating,...
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Engaging Engineers to Save Lives at Birth - Huffington Post (blog)

Engaging Engineers to Save Lives at Birth - Huffington Post (blog) | Viral Load | Scoop.it
Engaging Engineers to Save Lives at BirthHuffington Post (blog)Let us bring problems to the fore that are driven both by rigor and socio-technical complexities with a direct impact on the lives of mothers and babies in resource limited settings.
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Top AIDS scientist delivers Stanford lecture, declaring end in sight for pandemic- Office of Communications & Public Affairs - Stanford University School of Medicine

Top AIDS scientist delivers Stanford lecture, declaring end in sight for pandemic- Office of Communications & Public Affairs - Stanford University School of Medicine | Viral Load | Scoop.it
Top #HIV #AIDS scientist delivers Stanford lecture, declaring end in sight for pandemic - Stanford University http://t.co/2IDY0ltO...
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UNAIDS urges action against HIV in Middle East and North Africa - Al-Masry Al-Youm

UNAIDS urges action against HIV in Middle East and North Africa - Al-Masry Al-Youm | Viral Load | Scoop.it
UNAIDS urges action against HIV in Middle East and North AfricaAl-Masry Al-Youm... are at higher risk of HIV.
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'HAART is very effective in combating HIV' - Zee News

'HAART is very effective in combating HIV' - Zee News | Viral Load | Scoop.it
The Hindu'HAART is very effective in combating HIV'Zee NewsThere is good evidence that if the levels of HIV remain suppressed and the CD4 count remains high (above 200 cells/mm3), life can be significantly prolonged and improved.
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Prevention, treatment key in HIV/AIDS fight - The State

Prevention, treatment key in HIV/AIDS fightThe StateTHE STATISTICS reflecting the effects of HIV/AIDS in our state and across the world are heartbreaking: Almost 15000 South Carolinians are living with HIV infection or AIDS; an estimated 1.2 million...
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”Getting to Zero” will require more than funding to succeed

”Getting to Zero” will require more than funding to succeed | Viral Load | Scoop.it
Observations on the role of innovation in the battle against HIV/AIDS Getting to Zero is the theme of this year’s World AIDS Day:  Zero HIV/AIDS-related new infections, deaths and discrimination by 2015.  I wholeheartedly endorse the idea and...
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HIV Positive Tuberculosis Patients with Low CD4 Count Benefit from Prompt Antiretroviral Therapy

HIV Positive Tuberculosis Patients with Low CD4 Count Benefit from Prompt Antiretroviral Therapy | Viral Load | Scoop.it

The optimal time for HIV positive people with tuberculosis (TB) to start antiretroviral therapy (ART) varies based on immune system health, according to 3 studies described in the October 20, 2011

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CD4 Cell Counts at HIV Diagnosis among HIV Outpatient Study Participants, 2000–2009

CD4 Cell Counts at HIV Diagnosis among HIV Outpatient Study Participants, 2000–2009 | Viral Load | Scoop.it
Background. It is unclear if CD4 cell counts at HIV diagnosis have improved over a 10-year period of expanded HIV testing in the USA. Methods.
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Obstetrics Risk of HIV Infection among Antenatal Women in a rural Nigerian hospital

Obstetrics Risk of HIV Infection among Antenatal Women in a rural Nigerian hospital | Viral Load | Scoop.it

Obstetrics risk and practices can lead to the spread of HIV/AIDS. Identification of such obstetrics risk of HIV infection is a useful step in the prevention of transmission of the virus.

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Students at City of Hope participate in social media campaign for HIV/AIDS awareness

Students at City of Hope participate in social media campaign for HIV/AIDS awareness | Viral Load | Scoop.it

About 400 area high school students participated in a social media awareness campaign for HIV/AIDS at the seventh annual HIV/AIDS Action Summit on Tuesday morning at the City of Hope.

Students from health academies in Pasadena, Duarte and Montebello took part in a HIV/AIDS awareness video for Planned Parenthood on mobile video sharing app Vine.

 

“Know your status get tested” is the message the students delivered through the six-second video.

 

Former Assemblyman Anthony J. Portantino, who has hosted the summit with the City of Hope for the past seven years, said he hopes to educate younger people about the AIDS epidemic, although it has been out of the headlines in recent years. Portantino has been personally affected by the disease with the death of his cousin when Portantino was a child.

 

“This is a movement that is 30 years old, but is still as important today as it was 30 years ago because it’s a disease that’s completely preventable and people don’t focus on that piece because now they see people living longer and so they don’t understand the consequences are just as dire,” said Portantino. “Although the advancements and drug treatments have gotten better, we still need to be on our A game with this.”

 

City of Hope Chief Medical Officer Dr. Alexandra Levine explained the cause, effects, prevention and treatments for the HIV/AIDS, or human immunodeficiency virus infection /acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, to the students.

 

Levine showed graphic photographs depicting some of the infections that can become deadly to people with AIDS, who have a weakened immune system. The students gasped at some of the images.

“I want to show you these pictures because they are the truth. This is what AIDS is,” she said. “I want you to see what AIDS is because I need you to know that you don’t want it.”

She encouraged the students to think of the consequences of having sex with a partner who they don’t know whether or not is infected with HIV.

 

 

“We respect you. I’m saying to you to think of yourself,” she said. “Respect the fact that you’ve got a life to live and perhaps want to live that life. When you make decisions it’s always with the concept that I respect myself. I respect who I am.”

 

Levine explained that groups at high-risk for HIV/AIDS are blacks, Hispanics, people below the poverty line and young people age 13 to 29. She also spoke about the disparity in availability of drugs to treat the disease.

 

Worldwide in 2010, for every two patients who begin treatment for HIV, five people are newly infected, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

 

Planned Parenthood representatives spoke about how several organizations used social media for public awareness campaigns around World Aids Day on Dec. 1 last year, including condom manufacturer Durex, which donated a condom for every “share” it got on social media.

“I hope they go home and talk to their peers and say I learned something about HIV. I learned how this can be prevented,” said Portantino.

One student said although she had taken health classes before, she learned a lot during the summit.

 

“With the pictures, it kind of scared me because I had never seen that before,” said Symphony Brown, 15, a student in the Health Careers Academy at Blair High School in Pasadena.

“I didn’t even know that existed,” she said.

She said she was eager to participate in the social media campaigns.


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Viral load monitoring enters the mainstream  - Blog - HIV Viral Load Monitoring

Viral load monitoring enters the mainstream  - Blog - HIV Viral Load Monitoring | Viral Load | Scoop.it
Last night I attended a dinner in Stockholm hosted by the Swedish Ministry for International Devel...
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HIV Viral load monitoring: from patient to public health issue - Blog - HIV Viral Load Monitoring

HIV Viral load monitoring: from patient to public health issue - Blog - HIV Viral Load Monitoring | Viral Load | Scoop.it
Amazing strides have been made in providing access to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) in resource-...
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Could RT technology help close the EID gap? - HIV Viral Load ...

Could RT technology help close the EID gap? - HIV Viral Load ... | Viral Load | Scoop.it
As the CEO of a life science company I am constantly amazed at the resourcefulness and tenacity of people in this field and I am very proud to be a part of it. When it comes to our area of HIV diagnostics, few issues are as ...
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Commentary on ”Reverse Innovation”

Commentary on ”Reverse Innovation” | Viral Load | Scoop.it
In his new book, reverse innovation 1, Vijay Govindarajan explores the hypothesis that innovations originating from low-income countries may provide solutions that can help in developed countries. A tail wagging the dog scenario that will likely rock the ivory tower of our western life science community. I think he is spot on.
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An end to AIDS? In USA, complacency is a major barrier - USA Today

An end to AIDS? In USA, complacency is a major barrier - USA Today | Viral Load | Scoop.it
USA TodayAn end to AIDS? In USA, complacency is a major barrierUSA TodayDozens of volunteers join a human chain in the form of a red ribbon, a symbol of "love and care" for HIV and AIDS carriers worldwide, at a gathering in downtown Taipei.
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Foreign Aid Is Not a Rathole - New York Times (blog)

Foreign Aid Is Not a Rathole - New York Times (blog) | Viral Load | Scoop.it
The GuardianForeign Aid Is Not a RatholeNew York Times (blog)The United States contributes more money every year — spending nearly a third of all global health aid — while tangible results in developing countries can be hard to see.
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Africa: Sex With HIV Positive Person on ARVs is Safe | Ghanamma ...

Africa: Sex With HIV Positive Person on ARVs is Safe | Ghanamma ... | Viral Load | Scoop.it
In Group One, only one person became HIV-infected but in Group Two, 27 people got HIV from their partners. Venter was on the Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) of the trial, which actually stopped the trial early ...
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Evolution in the sensitivity of quantitative HIV-1 viral load tests

Evolution in the sensitivity of quantitative HIV-1 viral load tests | Viral Load | Scoop.it
Evolution in the sensitivity of quantitative HIV-1 viral load tests - Life Sciences Social Network ("@Life_Sciences_: Evolution in the sensitivity of quantitative HIV-1 viral load tests http://t.co/tCMuo5Uq"...)...
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Point-of-Care Diagnostics for the Developing World

Point-of-Care Diagnostics for the Developing World | Viral Load | Scoop.it

Description: People living in the developing world suffer greatly from many illnesses, many of them caused by infectious agents. These people usually do not have access to stable power or clean water, let alone the best diagnostic tools. What can we do to bring the high-tech diagnostic methods used in the developed world to those with fewer resources? Dr. Paul Yager, Professor and Acting Chair in the Department of Bioengineering, explains how microfluidics, a new technology for manipulating small volumes of fluids, is enabling the development of a small portable and inexpensive system for detecting pathogens far from the centralized laboratory. This system could soon have an impact on global health.

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Despite High CD4s, Unchecked Viral Load Linked to Higher AIDS Risk

Despite High CD4s, Unchecked Viral Load Linked to Higher AIDS Risk | Viral Load | Scoop.it
Even when the CD4 cell count is above 350 there is an increased risk of AIDS-related illnesses, provided that viral replication remains unchecked, according to a new analysis from the EuroSIDA study published online ahead of print by the journal...
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