Finding new ways to make viral load testing cheaper

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Viral load tests show how well drugs are working

Estimated 28m need retroviral drugs in developing world


CAPE TOWN, 13 December 2013 (IRIN) - Are you taking antiretroviral (ARV) drugs and want to know how well you're doing? If you live in a wealthy country, chances are that your progress is regularly checked using the "gold standard" - a viral load test.

If you're in a developing country, where more people are on ARV medication and the need is greater, the expensive and complex test is hard to find, making it even more difficult to monitor whether your treatment is failing and you need to change...


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