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Trouble as dominant HIV testing kits fail crucial WHO test

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Source: The Standard

By Gatonye Gathura
Mon, April 17th 2017

Most of the dominant HIV testing kits used in Kenya and several other African countries have failed crucial thresholds set by the World Health Organisation. Of the eight most widely used HIV Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs), seven of which are pre-qualified by the WHO, only one met the recommended threshold in a recent evaluation.
INCREASING CASES
The evaluation followed what WHO and partners say are increasing cases of HIV misdiagnosis, reaching up to 10.5 per cent in some African countries. About 1.3 million Kenyans are estimated to be living with HIV. Blood samples were collected from HIV clinics in Kenya, Guinea, Uganda, Cameroon, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo and tested with the eight kits at a WHO collaborating laboratory in Antwerp, Belgium

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