testing is recognised as an increasingly important weapon in the fight to bring
HIV/Aids under control in South Africa and other high disease burdened countries.
Whilst performance of most rapid HIV tests in the laboratory is very good, the
use of complicated HIV test kits under real world conditions typically results
in a significant reduction in the accuracy of HIV testing in the field.
South African study proved that the actual sensitivity of HIV test kits used
outside of the laboratory was on average 93.5%, and even with additional
training and quality control improvement increased to only 95.1%. Across
Africa, this potentially results in several hundred thousand people being
misdiagnosed with HIV every year. Understandably, the effect of misdiagnosing a
person who is HIV positive can be devastating and invariably results in increased
transmission. Consider the impact of the disease and stigma on families and
relationships, loss of income and cost of treatment – all of which may have
been avoided by using the next generation testing device.
the CEO & Founder of Atomo Diagnostics says, “AtomoRapid™ HIV was developed to
provide a better way to perform rapid testing. Through collaborative
commercialisation of this product, we are enabling both healthcare professionals
and patients to trust the accuracy of their HIV test result.”
A lot simpler
HIV can save lives by replacing the need to use a complicated test kit with inherent
problems. This makes this test a lot simpler to perform and
removes the need for manual steps requiring extensive skill and clinical
training. In doing this AtomoRapid™ HIV removes the source of many errors common
with current generation test kit based procedures.
superior performance, the AtomoRapid™ HIV product uses an approved HIV test strip
that has been WHO Pre-qualified and sold in the market for many years. Atomo
now delivers this test in the field as a next generation solution, specifically
designed to meets users' needs and reduce misdiagnosis.
team has been working hard towards making AtomoRapid™ HIV available to the
market and the response we have received so far has been fantastic – we now
look forward to collaborating with leading organisations to change the Rapid
HIV testing landscape,” says Kelly who presented during the 6thSA
HIV will be available to customers in the coming months. We ask for interested
parties to contact us by means of the details below to register interest.