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Simple, Effective, Point of Care CD4

The enumeration of absolute numbers of T-helper cells (commonly referred to as a CD4 count) has become an essential part of monitoring the course of immunosuppression caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the initiation of Anti-Retroviral Therapy.

Manabe YC, Wang Y, Elbireer A, Auerbach B, Castelnuovo B (2012) Evaluation of Portable Point-of-Care CD4 Counter with High Sensitivity for Detecting Patients Eligible for Antiretroviral Therapy. PLoS ONE 7(4): e34319. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0034319

Routinely, health practitioners wishing to test patients for CD4 are faced with the challenge of not only transporting a patient sample to a testing site, but also the provision of the CD4 test result back to the patient. Consequently, many patients are lost to follow up.

The Alere Pima™ CD4 test provides a revolutionary point of care solution to the challenge of providing an absolute CD4 count to those previously with restricted access to such testing.

Utilising a disposable Pima CD4 cartridge containing sealed reagents, and the portable Pima Analyser, the Alere Pima CD4 test delivers an absolute count of T-helper cells in from either a figerstick or venous whole blood sample within 20 minutes.