IAS 2019 21-24 July 2019: Mexico City, Mexico

This month’s edition of ASLM’s Point-of-Care News Digest provides details on two satellite sessions that focus on point-of-care (POC) and novel innovations in molecular diagnostics that ASLM & WHO will be co-hosting at the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) to be held in Mexico City, Mexico from 21-24 July 2019. Strategies Towards Integrating Point-of-Care Testing Quality Assurance into Existing Quality Assurance Programs Session Chair – Dr Trevor Peter (CHAI) Success of disease control programs depends largely, amongst other things, on the accuracy and reliability of diagnostic testing. Compared to testing in traditional laboratory settings, testing performed outside of centralized laboratories with point-of-care (POC) technology introduces an array of new challenges. This satellite session seeks to create awareness and outline key elements to consider for the integration of POC testing such as those using automated closed systems into national QA programs. Venue: Casa del Diezmo 3 y 4 (SR6), Centro Citibanamex, Mexico City Time: 07:00 am – 08:30 am     RSVP For full details, click here  What’s new in Diagnostics: Novel HIV Molecular Interventions to Support Expansion of Viral Load Access Co-Chairs: Nqobile Ndlovu (ASLM) and Meg Doherty (WHO) Currently, approximately 50% of patients on antiretroviral treatment have access to viral load testing; however, access remains focused within a small number of countries. While plasma is the preferred specimen type for viral load testing, it can be restrictive in settings with limited infrastructure and cold chain availability. Additionally, several challenges and barriers remain to widely scaling up viral load. In this Satellite, ASLM, WHO and partners will present new and tried concepts for scaling up HIV viral load testing across settings – these concepts form a newly developed implementation best practices document to be launched during this session.   Venue: Casa del Diezmo 3 y 4 (SR6), Centro Citibanamex, Mexico City Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
For full detail, click here ASLM is proud to be supported by Unitaid and partners [United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)]