Low-Cost HIV Monitoring Test Now Available for Third World Countries

June 1, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation once again, funded another critical medical research program to develop a much needed HIV-AIDS test that otherwise would have gone unfunded. Patients infected with HIV in developing countries suffer further from the lack of proper care, medicines and medical laboratories to perform critical testing, and this low-cost and quick monitoring test could save lives.

The new HIV monitoring test was specifically developed to allow health care workers in developing countries with limited resources, to administer a quick and easy point-of-care test at a low cost. The new test only requires a drop of blood and within minutes, health care workers have the information they need, to determine the best treatment for their patients without the need for a laboratory and expensive equipment.

The test costs $2 and delivers results within 30 minutes.

The new test quickly calculates the levels of CD4 and T cells in a patient’s blood. When the CD4 and T cells decrease to a certain level, patients would need to start antiretroviral therapy to ward off further infections.

Currently health care workers don’t have access to critical CD4 testing and start antiretroviral treatment when HIV patients present with symptoms. Studies have shown that HIV patients have a greater chance of survival when they start antiretroviral treatment before becoming sick.

Most HIV patients in developing countries don’t have access to CD4 testing because of the expense and the need for sophisticated laboratory equipment and personnel. When testing facilities do exist, it’s nearly impossible for poor people in rural areas without transportation to travel to the laboratories and it can take weeks to obtain results.

The Burnet Institute in Australia developed the test and needs to conduct further clinical trials before the test would be made available.

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