Kenya to get new HIV test­ing kit soon

BioSpectrum (India) - - WORLD NEWS -

The new kit dubbed M-PIMA HIV-1/2 VL is the first vi­ral load point-of-care tool de­signed to pro­vide health­care pro­fes­sion­als with a faster way to man­age HIV by test­ing vi­ral load at the point-of-care. The tool which un­der­went a suc­cess­ful trial in Kenya was launched re­cently at the on­go­ing In­ter­na­tional Aids So­ci­ety Con­fer­ence in Amsterdam. The tool man­u­fac­tured by US-based health­care com­pany Ab­bott seeks to reach un­der­served com­mu­ni­ties mainly re­mote ar­eas and comes at a time when vi­ral load test­ing forms part of HIV man­age­ment. The point-of-care tool was tested in Bu­sia County by Prof Matilu Mwau, director of the Cen­tre for In­fec­tious and Par­a­sitic Dis­eases Con­trol Re­search at Kenya Med­i­cal Re­search In­sti­tute (KEMRI). The kit was suc­cess­fully tested in Kenya and in sev­eral other coun­tries around 2011. It will be com­mer­cially avail­able in Kenya next year. The new kit is ex­pected to cut costs in­volved in vi­ral load test­ing cur­rently like trans­port­ing sam­ples to the vi­ral load test­ing labs and the re­sults back to the clients.

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