Improving laboratory efficiencies to scale-up HIV viral load testing

by George Alemnji, Philip Onyebujoh, John N. Nkengasong
Current Opinion in HIV & AIDS: March 2017 – Vol. 12 – Issue 2, pp. 165–170

6 pp. 279 kB
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Viral load measurement is a key indicator that determines patients’ response to treatment and risk for disease progression. Efforts are ongoing in different countries to scale-up access to viral load testing to meet the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS target of achieving 90% viral suppression among HIV-infected patients receiving antiretroviral therapy. However, the impact of these initiatives may be challenged by increased inefficiencies along the viral load testing spectrum. This will translate to increased costs and ineffectiveness of scale-up approaches. This review describes different parameters that could be addressed across the viral load testing spectrum aimed at improving efficiencies and utilizing test results for patient management.

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