Updates & Emerging Issues

Nucleic acid testing (NAT) technologies that use real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for detection of SARS-CoV-2 Product type: Nucleic acid testing (NAT) technologies that use real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) for detection of SARS-CoV-2 Date: 7 December 2020 WHO-identifier: 2020/5, version 1 Purpose of this notice: To ensure users of certain nucleic acid testing (NAT) technologies are aware

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The world has made significant progress since the late 1990s, but HIV remains a major global public health issue. And like many other major health issues, it faces additional challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. HIV prevention, testing, treatment and care services are all being disrupted particularly in countries with fragile heath systems. The breakdown in

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Laboratory technologists have been working nonstop to help the nation diagnose an ever-growing number of coronavirus cases.. In March, April Abbott dragged a hospital bed into her office at Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Ind. In the nine months since, she has slept in it a half-dozen times while working overnight in her clinical microbiology laboratory,

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PRESS RELEASE As COVID-19 reduces access to HIV testing services, AIDS response partners call for Caribbean countries to adopt HIV self-testing KINGSTON, 1 December 2020—On the occasion of World AIDS Day, Caribbean AIDS response stakeholders are calling for countries in the region to adopt HIV selftesting. During the virtual launch of the “In Your Hands”

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A 69 per cent reduction in facility and community-based HIV testing services due to COVID-19 is putting people with undiagnosed HIV at risk of not getting lifesaving antiretroviral treatment potentially exposing others as they are unaware of their status. This was the concern raised by Sandra Jones, PAHO’s Technical Advisor for HIV/STI, TB & Viral

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As we celebrate World AIDS Day in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, CMLF launches its new website and invites you to visit our HIV and Syphilis Rapid Testing Portal. This portal provides guidance for persons establishing and managing HIV and Syphilis Community Testing sites within Civil Society Organisations and at Ministry of Health

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Abstract COVID-19, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), represents a global crisis. Key to SARS-CoV-2 therapeutic development is unraveling the mechanisms driving high infectivity, broad tissue tropism and severe pathology. Our 2.85 Å cryo-EM structure of SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) glycoprotein reveals that the receptor binding domains (RBDs) tightly bind the essential free fatty acid

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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, laboratories have been using nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs), such as real time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (rRT-PCR) assays, to detect SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease. In many countries, access to this form of testing has been challenging. The search is on to develop reliable

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