Why “Simple” Diagnostic Tests Are Not So Simple, Interactive Demonstration
*Recommended Audience: Young Professionals/Graduate Students, Mid-Level Professionals, and Experienced Professionals
The development of HIV rapid diagnostic tests (RDT) revolutionized HIV care and treatment, heralding a new era by bringing testing to the point of care, especially valuable for vulnerable populations. While RDTs are vital, they must be performed properly to attain accurate test results; unfortunately, care to quality is not a universal practice. In some settings, up to 20-30% of RDTs are performed inaccurately and may lead to devastating consequences for patients, such as suboptimal access to treatment or unintended spread of disease. However, using novel competency-based approaches, errors can be minimized. During this session, participants will learn, hands-on, the challenges of performing a “simple” RDT. GSSHealth team members will use lessons learned and data from resource-limited settings to discuss strategies to reduce testing errors.
Speakers: Paula Fernandes, Global Scientific Solutions for Health; Rosalie Whedbee, Global Scientific Solutions for Health; Martin Adams, Global Scientific Solutions for Health; Susan Grieco, Global Scientific Solutions for Health; Michele Merkel, Global Scientific Solutions for Health