Waltham, Massachusetts (PRWEB) February 09, 2013
Alere Inc. is pleased to announce that, with the aid of a revolutionary point-of-care device, World Health Clinicians, a US-based nongovernmental organization, were able to provide absolute CD4 counts for patients living with HIV in rural Zimbabwe in under 20 minutes. This outcome is the result of a proof-of-concept evaluation World Health Clinicians performed in conjunction with the Zimbabwean Ministry of Health. Zimbabwe has a population of approximately 11.6 million people, 1.2 million of whom are infected with HIV.
In HIV-infected individuals, total CD4 count is the most robust surrogate marker for immune competence, identifying when patients need to start life-saving, antiretroviral therapy. As part of its evaluation, the World Health Clinicians team ran rapid HIV screening tests as well as total CD4 cell counts, providing a complete set of results in less than one hour, a service that is currently unavailable in even the most developed parts of the world. More information about the evaluation and its results can be found by accessing the link below.
Designed and engineered in Germany, the Alere Pima™ CD4 test provides an accurate, absolute CD4 count using a small amount of blood drawn from a fingerstick. The analyzer weighs 2.5kg (5.5lbs) and runs on either battery or A/C power, allowing for easy transport and use in even the most remote and challenging environments.
In particular, the Alere Pima™ CD4 test enabled the team from World Health Clinicians to conduct house-to-house CD4 testing outside the clinic, reaching patients who would otherwise go without results. Moreover, when the clinic lost power for 3 ½ hours, a common occurrence in the region, the te
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