Progress with Scale-Up of HIV Viral Load Monitoring – Seven Sub-Saharan African Countries, January 2015-June 2016

by Shirley Lecher, Jason Williams, Peter N. Fonjungo et al.
MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2016;65:1332–1335

4 pp. 79 kB
https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/pdfs/mm6547a2.pdf

During 2015–2016, among the seven sub-Saharan African countries evaluated, the number of patients with HIV receiving ART increased. Four countries now have the capacity to perform viral load testing for all patients currently on HIV treatment. All seven countries increased testing capacity. However, the percentage of patients on HIV treatment who received viral load testing was <25% for four countries. Continued international collaborative initiatives are needed to increase capacity for viral load testing, as well as access of these services among patients on HIV treatment in sub-Saharan Africa.

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