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New Microbiol. 2016 Jan;39(1):57-60.

Early diagnosis and retention in care of HIV-infected patients through rapid salivary testing: a test-and-treat fast track pilot study.

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Department of Infectious Diseases, IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy.
Medicine of Laboratory Service, IRCCS San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan, Italy.
ANLAIDS Lombardia, Milan, Italy.
Prevention Department - Reference Centre for HIV and STDs, Local Public Health Unit, Milan, Italy.
AIRON Communication, Milan, Italy.


Aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and the retention-in-care of individuals diagnosed during six years of salivary HIV testing (EASY-test project). Among those linked-to-care at the Infectious Diseases Department of San Raffaele Hospital (Milan, Italy), the proportion of patients engaged, retained in care and virologically suppressed after the antiretroviral treatment was 96%, 100% and 95.2%, respectively. Results from our study suggest that salivary HIV testing may help bring to light cases of HIV infection otherwise undiagnosed, and thus favour a more rapid and wider reduction of the HIV infection burden at the population level.


HAART; HIV; HIV salivary testing; HIV virological suppression; Retention in care

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