Please see the latest WHO toolkit on HIV molecular diagnostics for viral load testing and infant diagnosis.
Compared with clinical or immunological monitoring, viral load provides an early and more accurate indication of treatment failure. Measuring viral load can help to distinguish between drug resistance and non-adherence when coupled with robust enhanced adherence counselling.
This toolkit is a complete guide on using different specimen type, specimen transportation methods for viral load testing. Additionally it also discusses the novel point-of-care tests for infant diagnosis of HIV along with a diagnostic algorithm for infants.
HIV toolkit_2019.pdf (3.5 MB)