IAPAC, RI-MUHC, SYMPACT-X Announce Partnership to Implement HIVSmart!™ Self-Testing App in High HIV Burden Fast-Track Cities

Nikki Pant Pai replied

Hi Mikashmi, Thank you for your interest in HIVSmart! Yes, it is available for both iOS and Android phones/tablets. It will soon be made available for use. We will let you all know. For specific questions, please email me at nitika.pai@mcgill.ca. Cheers! Nikki Dr Nitika Pant Pai MD., MPH., PhD ... read more

Updated: 19 Sep, 2017
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Xpert MTB/RIF Ultra for tuberculous meningitis in HIV-infected adults

by Madhukar Pai

Please see this new open access paper from Lancet ID, on the new Xpert Ultra cartridge (WHO-endorsed) for TB meningitis in HIV-infected adults. URL: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/laninf/article/PIIS1473-3099%2817%2930474-7/fulltext#.Wb-u-0Ojybw.twitter Xpert Ultra detected significantly more tuberculous meningitis than did either Xpert or culture. It will be great to have similar data on TB meningitis in ... read more

Updated: 18 Sep, 2017
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Updated: 17 Sep, 2017
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AMR in Africa (a systematic review)


Thank you for the discussion on AMR. As pointed out, one of the most important yet often overlooked, especially in India, is lack of standard methods for Antimicrobial susceptibility testing by the laboratories and misinterpretation of the results. Also the availability of antibiotics off the counter and cross sharing of ... read more

Updated: 15 Sep, 2017
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A guide to aid the selection of diagnostic tests

Ruth MCNERNEY replied

Here is a possibly controversial suggestion - not novel ideas, but maybe ones that we should be discussing more often. Are we in danger of using sticking plasters to shore up poorly functioning health systems rather than addressing the root causes of the problem and the lack of investment? Is ... read more

Updated: 14 Sep, 2017
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Interesting article on quality management systems for HIV rapid testing services in primary healthcare clinics in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Tivani Mashamba-Thompson replied

Apologies, I have forgotten to attach the link to the publication, please see below a link to the above publication: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0183044 read more

Updated: 14 Sep, 2017
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New Tests Hope To Diagnose Bacterial Infections More Quickly

Mikashmi Kohli replied

Thank you for sharing this interesting article. Diagnostics is the foundation for management of any disease and especially in case infectious diseases. Being from a high-TB burden country, and with no rapid diagnostics a few years back, many patients were started on empiric treatment. There is a paradigm shift in ... read more

Updated: 14 Sep, 2017
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Awareness about mental health in Nepal

Maniragaba Franco replied

mrg! i would like to ask the condition required to get an internship in this organization so that i may have much knowledge to empower my communities! read more

Updated: 14 Sep, 2017
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Rapid CRP as screening test for TB in PLHIV

Isra Cruz replied

Hi, thanks for this very interesting discussion. Just to keep in mind re specificity of CRP testing in specific settings: high CRP levels are also common in active visceral leishmaniasis (kala-azar). All the ebst Isra read more

Updated: 13 Sep, 2017
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HIV Self Testing and Lab considerations in National HIV Guidelines

Nehemiah NHANDO replied

Thanks Tanya. Giving us directions on HIVST documents and tools will be most useful. read more

Updated: 13 Sep, 2017
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