Progress On HIV Viral Load Testing In 7 Sub-Saharan African Nations; Challenges Persist, Require International Support
Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: HIV viral load testing capacities progress, require global support, multiple partners to reach 90-90-90 goals
Antigone Barton, senior editor and writer of “Science Speaks,” discusses a report recently published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that examined the implementation of and challenges to the use of HIV viral load testing in seven sub-Saharan African nations. “[W]hile progress across the seven countries indicate what is possible, a breakdown of the numbers collected in each also illustrate the continuing cost, capacity, and resource challenges. … Filling the gaps, the researchers say, will require international collaborations to supply affordable tests, supplies, and training, and planning to make the tests — and timely results — universally accessible,” Barton writes (12/5).