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Figure 1. Promotional material created by CAS, a leading MSM organization in Guatemala, to build awareness and demand for recency testing.

Engaging the MSM community as a partner for HIV rapid recency testing in Central America

by Nasim Farach, CDC Central America office Central American countries were among the first in the world to implement HIV rapid recency testing and recognize its potential for improved surveillance and public health response.  While HIV testing and counseling (HTC) is offered to all contacts of people recently diagnosed with HIV, recency assays allow healthcare…
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Integration of RITA into HIV Testing Algorithm in Ireland Has Improved HIV Surveillance and Design of HIV Interventions

Summary of E. Robison et al (2019). Integration of a recent infection testing algorithm into HIV surveillance in Ireland: improving HIV knowledge to target prevention. Epidemiology and Infection 147, e136, 1-7. Between 2012 and 2016 Ireland experienced at 50% increase in the number of HIV diagnosis. In order to understand whether there was an upsurge…
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CROI 2019 Recent HIV Infection Abstract Summaries

IMPACT OF HIV-1 SUBTYPE AND SEX ON SEDIA LIMITING ANTIGEN AVIDITY ASSAY PERFORMANCE Author(s):  Eduard Grebe1, Gary Murphy2, Sheila M. Keating3, Dylan Hampton3, Michael P. Busch3, Shelley Facente4, Kara Marson4, Christopher D. Pilcher4, Andrew Longosz5, Susan H. Eshleman5, Thomas C. Quinn5, Alex Welte1, Neil Parkin6, Oliver Laeyendecker5 1 South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and…
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Malawi Hosts Step-Down Trainings in Preparation for National Recent HIV Infection Surveillance

Malawi’s approach to recent HIV infection surveillance entails a phased scale-up approach over the next two years to reach sites representing 80% of new HIV diagnoses annually. The first phase, beginning in April 2019, will roll-out recent HIV infection testing to 22 sites in Blantyre district. By the end of 2019, stakeholders hope to have…
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A Brief History of Testing for Recent HIV Infection

by Dr. George Rutherford University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Soon after the first-generation HIV test was licensed in 1985, there was interest in understanding what went on in infection before measurable HIV antibody appeared. This was largely driven by blood banks’ need to be able to identify donors with HIV infection before they became…
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