OraSure Tech Release: OraQuick HIV Self-Test Selected For Next Phase Of STAR Project For HIV Self-Testing In Africa
Published: Jul 24, 2017
BETHLEHEM, Pa., July 24, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OraSure Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSUR), a leader in point of care diagnostic tests and specimen collection devices, today announced that its OraQuick® HIV Self-Test (HIVST) has been selected by UNITAID and Population Services International (PSI) for use in Phase II of the HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Project.
The STAR Project Phase II, beginning in Q4 of 2017, will deploy HIV Self-Testing in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and additional African countries to demonstrate the population-level health impact of HIVST over a two-year period. The vast majority of the 4 million tests used in Phase II are expected to be the OraQuick® HIV Self-Test.
The OraQuick® HIV Self-Test has been used in Phase I of the STAR Project, which represented the largest evaluation of HIV self-testing to date. The study distributed 750,000 OraQuick® HIV Self-Tests throughout Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe between 2015 and 2017. Phase I successfully demonstrated how self-testing with OraQuick® HIVST can increase the number of people who are tested and know their HIV status. The project also provided best practices for implementation, uptake and self-test delivery models to inform Phase II scale-up.
“It is estimated that less than 50% of adults living with HIV know their status; this is particularly true for high-burden countries,” said Dr. Karin Hatzold, Project Director of the UNITAID/PSI STAR Project. “Through our joint project with UNITAID, we can promote self-testing to better reach people with limited access to current HIV testing services due to privacy issues or lack of convenience. It can also encourage re-testing among those at high risk.”
“The findings from Phase I of the study demonstrate the significant impact that self-testing provides in diagnosing and treating individuals infected with HIV in even the most remote geographies. We are delighted to be selected for Phase II of the initiative and believe that easy-to-use and reliable self-testing options are critical to meet the UNAIDS’s 90/90/90 treatment targets set for 2020 and are vital to improving the health and wellness of those living with HIV on a global scale” said Douglas A. Michels, President and CEO of OraSure Technologies.
For more information on the STAR Project please reference the UNITAID press release https://unitaid.eu/news-blog/worlds-largest-hiv-self-testing-initiative-expands-critical-new-phase.
About the OraQuick® HIV Self-Test
The OraQuick® HIV Self-Test (HIVST) is a rapid, point-of-care test that allows an individual to detect antibodies to both HIV-1 and HIV-2 with a simple oral swab and provides a result in as little as 20 minutes in the privacy of an individual’s home, at outreach testing settings, in the pharmacy or at community based screening events. The product is based on the same OraQuick® platform that is used for the FDA-approved OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test and the WHO Prequalified OraQuick® Rapid HIV-1/2 Antibody Test used by health care professionals worldwide, the platform has been used to test millions.
About OraSure Technologies
OraSure Technologies is a leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of point of care diagnostic and collection devices and other technologies designed to detect or diagnose critical medical conditions. Its first-to-market, innovative products include rapid tests for the detection of antibodies to HIV and HCV on the OraQuick® platform, oral fluid sample collection, stabilization and preparation products for molecular diagnostic applications, and oral fluid laboratory tests for detecting various drugs of abuse. OraSure's portfolio of products is sold globally to various clinical laboratories, hospitals, clinics, community-based organizations and other public health organizations, research and academic institutions, distributors, government agencies, physicians' offices, commercial and industrial entities and consumers. The Company's products enable healthcare providers to deliver critical information to patients, empowering them to make decisions to improve and protect their health.
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