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‘Resilient’ HIV programmes in African countries have maintained viral suppression during the COVID-19 pandemic

Data from over 1000 health facilities in eleven countries in sub-Saharan Africa showed a transient effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on HIV services, followed by a rapid recovery, the virtual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) heard last week. The study included data on HIV testing, antiretroviral therapy and viral suppression. There was concern… Read More »

Near point-of-care viral load tests slash waiting times in seven African countries

Near point-of-care (POC) viral load testing reduced the median time of getting results back to people living with HIV from 68 days to six days, when compared to conventional centralised laboratory viral load testing in seven African countries. ‘Near’ POC devices are placed within health facility laboratories throughout the country, as opposed to within clinics… Read More »