Viral Load Testing Dismally Absent in Africa

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NAIROBI - As Africa scales up lifesaving antiretroviral therapy for HIV positive people, concerns are rife that the absence of mass routine viral load testing will hamper extending treatment to the millions who need it.
Viral load testing, measures HIV levels in the blood, an indicator of the drugs’ success. And although routine in wealthy countries, is scarce and expensive in Africa.

The World Health Organisation recommends viral load monitoring six months after starting ART, at 12 months, and every 12 months thereafter. (END//2014)

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