New Portable Technology Aims To Boost HIV Diagnosis

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A self-testing HIV kit. Diagnostics company Abbott has developed the M-Pima analyser that aims to reduce the turnaround time for HIV results. FILE PHOTO | NMG

By Sarah Ooko

The diagnostic tool, which was recently pre-qualified or approved by the World Health Organization (WHO), is expected to improve early HIV infant diagnosis by reducing the turnaround time for results.

An evaluation study for digital technology, involving 451 children was conducted by the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) between 2017 and 2019 in various hospitals across the country.

The research revealed that M-PIMA can give accurate HIV results for infants within 70 minutes, compared to the currently used gold standard test which takes between three and 10 days…Read more>>

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