HIV viral load (VL) testing has been the gold standard for monitoring the response to antiretroviral therapy (ART) in high-income settings for many years and is increasingly recognized as an important tool for the management of ART in resource-limited settings.
This toolkit is designed to provide implementers with a set of tools to aid in implementation of VL monitoring including aspects related to sample preparation, activities for clinical and counselling staff, and education and empowerment of the patients themselves. The tools and algorithms form a basis for implementation, but will need to be adapted to the local context.
The toolkit includes:
- An overview document.
- Tools used in MSF projects to support viral load implementation