Patients wait to be examined at the Thyolo District Hospital. Photograph by Julie Remy
Photograph by Julie Remy

Pricing for HIV viral load testing in low- and middle-income countries

Viral load testing is the gold standard in HIV treatment monitoring and is recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO). Routine in wealthy countries, its cost and complexity have, until now, formed a barrier to its scale up in developing countries. However, price reductions, strategies of specimen collection (such as dried blood spots), the decision to pool samples, as well as new point-ofcare technologies that are coming to market, are making it possible to implement viral load monitoring in resource-limited settings.

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