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12th August 2021  Product update: rapidvirology staff writer

CE-IVD Clearance for Two Next-Generation Xpert® HIV-1 Tests


Cepheid has announced that it has received CE-IVD clearance for Xpert® HIV-1 Viral Load XC and Xpert® HIV-1 Qual XC, next-generation extended-coverage (XC) tests for HIV testing.

Xpert® HIV-1 Viral Load XC adds a second target for HIV-1 detection that provides extended strain coverage to improve performance and address the risk of false-negative results due to gene mutations or deletions. Xpert® HIV-1 Viral Load XC is intended to assess viral load levels, which are used to monitor effectiveness of antiretroviral treatment.

Xpert® HIV-1 Qual XC also adds a second target for early identification of HIV-1 infections up to 7-10 days before seroconversion. The test has been cleared for use with infants, adolescents, and adults in both laboratory and near-patient testing environments. With all reagents on board in one fully integrated cartridge, Xpert HIV-1 Qual XC facilitates dried blood spot (DBS) sample processing and a simplified workflow. Finally, Xpert HIV-1 Qual XC does not contain guanidinium thiocyanate (GTC), making cartridge disposal simpler and more environmentally friendly.

"Xpert® HIV-1 Viral Load XC and Xpert® HIV-1 Qual XC leverage new dual-target technology to improve detection while maintaining the flexibility to be performed on-demand in as little as 90 minutes." said Dr. David H Persing, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical and Technology Officer at Cepheid.  "The combination of peripartum determination of HIV viral load in mothers along with early qualitative HIV detection in newborns facilitates same-day treatment decisions, which will result in improved outcomes for babies, mothers, and entire communities."

Both tests are designed for use on any of Cepheid's GeneXpert® Systems which provide simple, reference lab quality PCR testing on location at medical centers and hospitals or near-patient testing in community health clinics and physician offices.

Both Xpert HIV-1 Viral Load XC and Xpert HIV-1 Qual XC will undergo WHO pre-qualification assessment, aiming for pre-qualification in 2022.

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Date Published: 12th August 2021

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