Cost-effectiveness of rapid point-of-care testing (POCT) programs for HIV


Key take-home messages
  • Studies suggest that rapid HIV tests can be cost-effective in high-income settings under various scenarios.
  • Criteria to examine the cost-effectiveness of rapid tests for HIV include cost per test conducted and cost per reactive test cost per quality adjusted life year (QALY) gained, and an incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER or $/QALY) which compares cost and outcomes of an HIV testing initiative, relative to the next most effective initiative.
  • Select studies used modelling and compared different scenarios to estimate the future cost-effectiveness of HIV rapid testing.


The Ontario HIV Treatment Network: Rapid Response Service




  • Population(s)
    • General HIV+ population
    • General HIV- population
  • Testing
    • Testing
  • Health Systems
    • Financial arrangements


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