HIV Rapid Testing-Rapid Results

Increasing Access to HIV Testing, Results, and Services

HIV rapid testing technology allows for HIV testing and counseling to be more readily accessible with faster results, minimizing loss to follow-up and ensuring that those who are tested receive their results. In 2007, the World Health Organization emphasized the need to “optimize the use of newer HIV technologies, including rapid tests, to allow same day access to results.” (WHO, 2007) However, despite many demonstrated benefits of utilizing HIV rapid tests at the point-of-care, implementation barriers remain in Asia.

AIDSTAR-One organized the Rapid Testing-Rapid Results: Increasing Access to HIV Testing, Results, and Services technical consultation, which was held in Thailand (April 27-29, 2011), to present and review the use of HIV rapid tests focusing on program successes, challenges, and barriers. Additionally, the technical consultation supported and promoted the expansion of high quality HIV rapid testing at the point-of-care based on successful programs in the field. Issues that were highlighted include quality, standardization, and identification of tools and support needed to improve and expand HIV rapid testing in the Asian region.

The purpose of this technical consultation was to:

  1. 1) Demonstrate the benefits and advantages of using rapid testing
  2. 2) Identify the means to ensure quality HIV testing
  3. 3) Identify barriers to and provide strategies for using rapid testing in Asia.

Outside link View Report: Rapid Testing-Rapid Results: Scaling up HIV Rapid Testing with Same-Day results in the Asia-Pacific Region (PDF, 462 KB)

To access resources and literature related to rapid testing, see AIDSTAR-One's Rapid Testing page here.


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3

Rapid-Testing Rapid Results: Meeting Objectives
(PDF, 207 KB)
Presented by Vincent Wong, USAID

Current Status and Barriers in Ensuring Quality of HIV Testing and Counseling
(PDF, 930 KB)
Presented by Rachel Baggeley, WHO

Rapid Testing in Asia: Where Are We Going?
(PDF, 6.8 MB)
Presented by Fabio Mesquita, WHO

World Health Organization Welcoming Remarks- Rapid Testing-Rapid Results
(PDF, 890 KB)
Presented by Rachel Baggeley, WHO

Selection & Use of HIV Rapid Tests: Ensuring Quality of Testing
(PDF, 1.9 MB)
Presented by Anita Sands, WHO

Rapid Testing in the Region: Why Are We Here?
(PDF, 1.56 MB)
Presented by Iyanthi Abeyewickreme, WHO

The 10 Commandments to Ensure Quality of HIV Rapid Testing
(PDF, 1.6 MB)
Presented by Bharat Parekh, CDC

Rapid Testing Opportunities and Challenges
(PDF, 437 KB)
Presented by Vincent Wong, USAID

Ensuring Quality in Counseling and Serial Rapid Testing
(PDF, 1.4 MB)
Presented by Kathleen Casey, FHI

Thailand: Performance of HIV Rapid Tests Compared With Other HIV Testing Methods
(PDF, 1.5 MB)
Presented by Wilai Chalermchan, National Institute of Health

Development and Validation of the HIV Rapid Test Algorithm: Experience in the Pacific Island Countries
(PDF, 1.2 MB)
Presented by Susan Best, National Serology Laboratory, Australia

China: Comparing the Results of HIV Rapid Testing at Site Level and Confirmation by EIA/Western Blot
(PDF, 911 KB)
Presented by Yan Jian, CDC

Providing High-Quality HIV Rapid Testing to MARPs (FSW/MSM)
(PDF, 909 KB)
Presented by Li Ling, FHI & Gan Zhi, Nanning Center for Disease Control and Prevention


Vietnam: Rapid Testing Results Versus Immunoassay
(PDF, 1 MB)
Presented by Nguyen Anh Tuan, Vietnam MOH

Strategies for Addressing Challenges: Use of Layworkers in Burma
(PDF, 1.6 MB)
Presented by Habibur Rahman, PSI

Challenges Faced By MARPs: Opportunity for Rapid Testing
(PDF, 314 KB)
Presented by Geoff Manthey, UNAIDS

Cambodia: Rapid Testing Extends the Reach of Services
(PDF, 945 KB)
Presented by Mean Chhi Vun, National Center for HIV/AIDS Dermatology and STIs

Thailand: Rapid Testing Creates Opportunity for Reaching MARPs
(PDF, 1.6 MB)
Presented by Frits van Griensven, DHAP TUC

Rapid Testing Algorithm Improves Outcomes: U.S. Demonstration Project
(PDF, 1.2 MB)
Presented by Jacqueline Rurangirwa, Los Angeles Department of Public Health