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New Public-Private Partnership Aims To Increase Access To HIV, Viral Load Tests

NPR: Price Of HIV Test Falls, Raising Hopes In Global AIDS Fight
“…The Clinton Health Access Initiative, along with several other development agencies, has brokered an agreement to make routine HIV tests more accessible. They’re aiming to make HIV viral load tests available for $12 a piece, slashing the price in some markets by more than 50 percent. … Under this new deal, a private diagnostic company called Hologic instead will provide all the equipment and supplies needed to run these tests and get paid for each sample that’s analyzed. The hope is that this model will make viral load testing far more common in countries with some of the highest HIV rates in the world…” (Beaubien, 7/31).

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