INSTI in the News: HIV Self Test Comes to Canada
INSTI HIV Self Test brings easy, fast and reliable at-home HIV testing to Canadians.
INSTI HIV Self Test brings easy, fast and reliable at-home HIV testing to Canadians.
We recently announced the development of our new INSTI SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Test. Based on the 1-minute INSTI platform, the test will detect antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. We have been supported by the government’s NRC IRAP, which has provided advice and financial resources to Canadian companies for more than 70 years, helping them bring innovative ideas to market. When completed, the test will be a helpful tool for supporting the medical community in monitoring the spread of the virus.
Our scientists are still hard at work developing the test, but our Chief Scientific Officer, Michelle Zaharik took some time out of her busy schedule to speak to journalists about this exciting news in these articles:
Recent news shows Atlanta’s churches and faith leaders are ramping up their efforts towards HIV prevention.
December 1 2019 marks World AIDS Day, an international day of remembrance for those we have lost to HIV and AIDS.
INSTI stories from around Europe in recognition of European HIV Testing Week.
National HIV Testing Week is held every November in the UK. It aims to reduce the numbers of undiagnosed people and those diagnosed late. It also promotes regular testing among key populations.
The world’s fastest HIV test is more accessible than ever before as Health Canada approves revised Intended Use statement.
As HIV Self Testing comes to Canada for the first time, we explore the history of self-testing and INSTI.
“The head of the Canadian AIDS Society fears HIV rates will continue to rise because of a shift in federal funding towards prevention instead of treatment and support”.
“New, energetic and innovative solutions are needed more than ever before”
“Walgreens and Greater Than AIDS are helping the participating testing partners to expand the free HIV testing to even more locations this year with a focus on heavily affected communities”.
Free rapid HIV testing for anyone 18 years of age or older at five Walgreens pharmacies in Milwaukee.
The AIDS Healthcare Foundation in Scott County is developing a program that tests for HIV and hepatitis C with its mobile testing van.
“ INSTI tests and PrEP are important components of PPNNE’s comprehensive sexual and reproductive health services and the community’s ability to reduce the transmission of HIV.”
“I took an INSTI HIV test, which gives you results in just 60 seconds. This test not only gives you a quick result but it also detects syphilis”
“The INSTI test allows us to reduce patient anxiety and start a treatment plan in a fraction of the time we could before,” Berstecher said. “We can also test more patients in a day, allowing more patients access to care.”
Free HIV testing available at participating Walgreens in 130 cities nationwide, June 27 and 28
Nearly 500,000 Kenyans are infected with HIV and should be on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment.
Kenyans above 15 years will be able to purchase, perform the HIV test and interpret the results on their own and at their convenience.
With the launch, Kenya becomes the first country to undertake a national roll-out of HIV self-testing and the second in Africa to bring to scale PrEP for prevention of HIV infection for those at high risk. Kenya is committed to revitalizing HIV prevention while ensuring access to treatment. – JACKSON KIOKO DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL SERVICES, MINISTRY OF HEALTH, KENYA
Researchers say 21% of Canadians living with HIV don’t know they have it.
New one-minute tests only available in large Canadian cities
Rapid HIV testing available in select Alberta and Newfoundland pharmacies
Free HIV testing in metro Atlanta this week for World AIDS Day
The effort is being done in partnership with AIDS Interfaith Network in order to raise HIV awareness and improve HIV education.
Not only is the test quicker, it’s more accurate than previous tests with a 99.9% accuracy score.
A shocking figure from 2015 showed that 41.1 per cent of HIV positive people in the South West were diagnosed late, meaning their risk of death within the first year increased tenfold.
A Rapid HIV Test involves a fingertip prick which takes a small sample of blood and is applied to the test kit, the result is available in 60 seconds. If there is a ‘reactive’ result they will be referred to the hospital where a blood test will be taken to confirm this result.
Council Leader Pete Marland recently rolled up his sleeve – literally – to take advantage of an HIV testing session held at one of the council’s main offices.
NEWS 1130 – The importance of this is that since we’re the world’s fastest HIV test, we’re also extremely accurate and it’s in line with Prince Harry’s goals of trying to help and make sure everybody’s screened appropriately on a global basis.
“It’s amazing how quick it is,” Britain’s Prince Harry says of test on Facebook Live
He says everyone should be tested for HIV to normalize the process
“We do free one minute HIV testing with a test called Insti,” explained Reggie Batiste, a certified counselor. “Atlanta has the highest rate for new infections for HIV. So, it’s very important that you get tested.”
Select Walgreens Locations in 150 Cities Across the Nation to Host Free HIV Testing Events June 23 – 25, including Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans and Memphis, Among Other Cities
First Ladies Health Initiative Executive Director Tracey Alston credits the high volume of HIV tests taken in Chicago and Northwest Indiana this year in part to a partnership with bioLytical Laboratories that is expanding. At the Chicago Health Day, bioLytical Laboratories donated its INSTI™ 60-second rapid HIV testing kits to the Health Day and agreed that for each test administered during the day, it would donate a free test kit to the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in South Africa. In all, more than 1,200 HIV tests were administered.
The mobile testing unit seeks hard to reach residents to provide one-minute HIV testing, and immediate linkages to care for those who test positive. “We often find that those in the most need of our services do not always reach out for our help. Being able to meet individuals where they are to provide HIV testing will not only make the community safer, it could potentially connect individuals to other life-enhancing services that could impact their future in a positive way,” said Harriet Sadauskas, President of Association House of Chicago.
The Association House has helped Humboldt Park and West Side residents since 1899, but starting Tuesday, it’s expanding its reach with a mobile HIV testing unit.
“We needed to come up with a creative way of reaching out to people, the communities that are in most need,” said Nilmari Donate, divisional director at the center. “If they don’t come to us, we need to go to them.”
As World AIDS Day 2015 events and activities get underway on December 1st, health researchers are questioning why innovative Canadian-made technology such as point-of-care-testing (POCT) for HIV is still in limited use in Canada.
In response to gaps in HIV POCT access, Dr. Gahagan and colleagues from the National HIV POCT Working Group are today releasing, HIV Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) in Canada: Action Plan 2015-2020.
Verschillende organisaties slaan deze week de handen in een om Amsterdammers te laten testen op HIV. Op meerdere plekken in de stad zijn gratis testpunten geïnstalleerd.
Expanding initiative will have impact here and in South Africa
In an exciting new venture, bioLytical will donate 800 of their INSTI® 60-second rapid HIV testing kits here, and for every test administered during the Chicago First Ladies Health Day, bioLytical also will donate a free INSTI® HIV test to the Bishop Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation in South Africa.
The number of people with HIV in Bexar County is close to twice the national average, according to the latest data from Metro Health.
“The results come in 60 seconds, so it’s not a two-week wait, it’s not a 20 minute wait anymore,” said Regina Villalobos-Perez of the San Antonio AIDS Foundation.
See more at: http://www.kens5.com/story/news/health/2015/08/08/hiv-testing-bexar-county-san-antonio-aids-foundation/31322287/
Rick Galli is the VP and Chief Technical Officer at Biolytical Laboratories in Richmond, BC. The lab developed the world’s first instantaneous HIV/AIDS test.
See video about INSTI:
This year, bioLytical Laboratories teams up with Greater Than AIDS and Walgreens to provide FREE HIV testing in a mobile unit at Essence Fest.
“This is Essence Festival Weekend and we have tourists from all over the country. This is great that the van is out there. Tests are provided in less than a minute.” – Walgreens Pharmacist
Walgreens News – June 18, 2015
State and local health departments and ASOs will provide trained counselors to conduct the testing and will provide results on-site within minutes. Free tests, including those donated by Alere North America, BioLytical Laboratories and The D.I.V.A. Foundation, will be available at the testing sites located at select Walgreens in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, St. Louis and San Francisco, among other cities during a three-day period:
•Thursday, June 25 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
•Friday, June 26 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
•Saturday, June 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Herald News — (June 15, 2015)
“It is estimated that about 25 per cent of Canadians who are living with HIV are unaware of their status. Thus, infected individuals not on HIV treatments will have poorer health outcomes and shorter life expectancies, and the infection could continue to spread.”
To read the full article, visit: http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/1293356-fast-hiv-test-available-but-not-used-in-maritimes/
Vancouver, B.C. / TheNewswire / June 12, 2015 – Network Oncology Inc. (“Network Oncology”, “the Company”) announces the Company has acquired an exclusive worldwide license for a proprietary rapid point-of-care test for the detection of the Ebola virus in humans (“Ebola Test Kit Technology”). The Ebola Test Kit Technology works on a proprietary immunofiltration platform developed by privately held bioLytical Laboratories Inc. (“bioLytical”) of Richmond, B.C. and provides results, using only fingerstick blood samples, in as little as 60 seconds which can be utilized in the field worldwide.
L’Association de Protection Contre le Sida (APCS) d’Oran lutte pour le dépistage et la sensibilisation des Algériens à cette maladie trop peu connue et souvent diabolisée dans le pays. Rejet, discrimination, exclusion, les séropositifs subissent l’incompréhension de leurs proches et de la société dans son entier. Depuis sa création en 1998, l’APCS leur redonne confiance et tente de changer le regard des Algériens sur le sida.
Courier — (Nov 26, 2014) For National HIV Testing week, Tunbridge Wells men and women are able to take the 60 second HIV test. “The quicker HIV is diagnosed, the quicker it can be treated and the better the prognosis in many cases. Late diagnosis can cause complications and poorer outcomes, including shorter life expectancy. We would advise that as many people as possible have the test – it’s confidential, simple and quick, and the results are almost immediate” says Lesley Navratne.
Global News — (Oct 31, 2014) News segment about bioLytical Laboratories, a BC company that is developing an Ebola Test.
Business in Vancouver — (Oct 29, 2014) BioLytical Laboratories, the Richmond biotech best known for its 60-second HIV test, has developed a similarly speedy test for the Ebola Zaire strain, the virus currently afflicting West Africa that is responsible for more than 5,000 deaths.
“The increased availability of the INSTI™ 60-second rapid test in the U.S. … is a game-changer and will allow for large-scale testing events and new ways for point-of-care testing in Emergency Rooms. Most importantly, it will lead to new techniques to reach people.” – Whitney Engeran-Cordova, Senior Director of AHF’s Public Health Division