Kenya Greenlights Trio of Advanced Tests for Accurate HIV Diagnosis

Someone getting an HIV test now requires three separate examinations with various kits.

Kenya has heroically embraced the World Health Organization’s advice to shift from a dual-test to a tri-test strategy for HIV diagnosis.

This means that to confirm HIV, one must undergo three positive tests in succession.

A negative diagnosis will also require confirmation through three tests.

WHO advises multiple tests to ensure precise HIV detection, aiming for fewer than one false positive per 100 individuals identified with HIV.

In the past, two positive tests were enough to confirm HIV. But as HIV cases drop, the odds of false positives increase.

Using three tests guarantees maximum accuracy in HIV diagnoses, slashing misdiagnosis potential and securing timely, suitable treatment for individuals.

The ramifications of an incorrect test result are grave. A false-positive diagnosis can lead to unwarranted lifelong antiretroviral treatment and emotional and social fallout for patients and their loved ones.

A false-negative diagnosis, on the other hand, means someone with HIV might miss out on ART and could unknowingly spread the virus to partners and, if pregnant or nursing, to their babies.

The National Aids and STIs Control Programme will start the three-test method next month. It’s expected to give a boost to the fight against HIV, edging us closer to an Aids-free generation by 2027.

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