THE TRACE INITIATIVE
TRACE – Tracking with Recency Assays to Control the Epidemic – was launched in countries nearing HIV epidemic control to establish HIV recent infection surveillance systems in routine HIV services to detect, characterize, monitor, and intervene on recent infection among newly diagnosed people living with HIV (PLHIV).
Use a rapid test for recent infection (RTRI) for recent infection to provide continuous epidemiological data on person, place, and time of newly diagnosed individuals to inform HIV prevention and control strategies. RTRIs pave the way for a HIV recent infection surveillance system as part of routine HIV testing services (HTS) to detect and characterize recent HIV infection among newly diagnosed
WHAT IS RECENCY?
Rapid tests for recent HIV infection (RTRI) can differentiate between recent (i.e. in the last 12 months) and long-term HIV infections. Recently infected individuals have high HIV viral loads and are more likely to transmit the virus to others.
Recent HIV infection tests can provide
real-time data about recent infections to identify
hot spots of current HIV transmission
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Quick Facts about Recent HIV Infection Testing
Key players of the TRACE Initiative include the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) TRACE Community of Practice, the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), ICAP at Columbia University, and Ministries of Health and local implementing partners in each of the countries where recent HIV infection testing is being rolled out.
This project is supported by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under the terms of cooperative agreement #GH002170. The contents of this site are the responsibility of UCSF and do not necessarily reflect the views of the United States Government.