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Abbott Joins Clinton Health Access Initiative in Effort to Improve Infant Testing for HIV in Africa
Date:11/8/2010

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ABBOTT PARK, Ill., Nov. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abbott (NYSE: ABT) and the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) have joined forces to provide HIV testing to infants in all countries working in partnership with the CHAI.  A key focus of this cooperation will be sub-Saharan Africa, which the World Health Organization estimates to account for 90 percent of global HIV infections in children.

Under terms of the agreement, Abbott will supply its RealTime HIV-1 Qualitative test kits to healthcare facilities.  The test is currently available for research use only and is expected to be CE marked (Conformite Europeene) by January 2011.  Abbott will also offer the capability to collect and process samples using dried blood spots (DBS).  The use of DBS for specimen collection eliminates the need for refrigeration of specimens.

In addition to the supply of HIV tests and DBS sample collection for research use, Abbott is collaborating with CHAI to develop a "turn-key" laboratory solution, including training protocols on instruments that will be used to establish fully functioning molecular diagnostic laboratories in regions where such facilities do not
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