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HIV: Reducing deaths through improved diagnosis

HIV: Reducing deaths through improved diagnosis

In a recent Letter to the Editor published in the HIV Medicine journal, Dr. Robert Ndege, a Research Scientist at the Ifakara Health Institute, advocates for the implementation of guidelines within national HIV programs in developing countries. 

These guidelines are intended to address the issue of HIV-related deaths and ensure improved diagnostic capabilities and access to care.

Dr. Ndege's recommendation is in response to the alarming rise in cases where adults present symptoms of HIV-related severe immunosuppression, a negative HIV antibody test, and no identifiable underlying cause, resulting in a significant loss of lives. 

He recommends the adoption of rapid molecular antigen tests to confirm HIV diagnoses and initiate treatment as a response to this critical issue. This letter was first published on October 12, 2023.

>> Read the full letter in the HIV Medicine journal here
>> Dr. Robert Ndege’s profile
>> Dr. Robert Ndege’s research work