From 2013-2016 the UNITAID-funded MSF HIV viral load initiative has supported the programmatic and/or laboratory scale-up of viral load testing in seven countries (DRC, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Uganda and Zimbabwe) performing almost 320,000 viral load tests. The three years of implementation have seen both laboratory and programmatic strategies developed to enhance the uptake of routine viral load. Success withstanding, significant challenges still remain.
This report demonstrates that scale up of viral load testing was feasible in these settings. The choice of viral load platform must
remain context specific and take into account the ability to prepare and transport specific sample types, the sample throughput and the clinical urgency of the test. Where polyvalent platforms exist, testing needs beyond HIV-VL should also be considered.
Making Viral Load Routine: Part 2 - Laboratory Report
Faire de la Charge Virale un Suivi de Routine : Partie 2 – La Laboratoire de Test de la Charge Virale