MedAccess support for viral load testing announced

by MedAccess

MedAccess joined Hologic, CHAI, UNITAID, and the African Society for Laboratory Medicine to announce a ground-breaking agreement to improve access to viral load testing.

The Hologic Global Access Initiative was launched at the International AIDS Society Conference in July 2018, setting a new standard for affordable and transparent pricing. The breakthrough agreement sets out one low price per-patient test including the costs of delivery, maintenance, and service as well as all consumables.

Under the agreement, MedAccess will underwrite the risk of supplying the tests in uncertain markets, allowing Hologic to introduce viral load testing to national government testing programmes at a significantly reduced rate. It is anticipated that the agreement will save public sector purchasers over $50m over the next four years and beyond. At least five countries in sub-Saharan Africa are expected to introduce this technology in 2018.


Rt Hon Alistair Burt, Minister of State at DFID said:

The Hologic Global Access Initiative is a great step forward in expanding access to HIV testing across the developing world – cutting edge initiatives like this are vital if we are to meet our commitment to end AIDS by 2030.