Way Forward in HIV Testing: Article Featured in WHO Bulletin

May 1, 2012

In research conducted in Zambia, BU scientists concluded that the texting of the results of infant HIV tests significantly shortened the times between sample collection and results notification to the relevant health facilities and caregivers. The full article is featured in a special e-health issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization that is available in print and online.

Phil Seidenberg, a researcher with the Center for Global Health & Development and clinical professor of international health at the BU School of Public Health, was the lead author of the article.  In addition to Seidenberg, contributors to the article included: Katherine Semrau, assistant professor of international health; Caitlin Goggin, deputy country director at the Center for Global Health & Development; Rachael Bonawitz, pediatric global health research fellow at the Center for Global Health & Development; and Donald Thea, professor of international health.

This trial showed that turnaround times for HIV test results could be reduced significantly by sending blood test results by short message service  – or text message – in a country where there are limited resources, such as Zambia, Seidenberg said.  We believe that this research highlights a possible way forward for the testing of HIV and other illnesses in the future, as it allows healthcare facilities and patients to find out their results more quickly.

The Bulletin of the World Health Organization is one of the world’s leading public health journals. It is the flagship periodical of WHO, with a special focus on developing countries.

Read the full article here.