HIV viral load monitoring in resource-limited regions: Optional or necessary?

Alexandra Calmy, Nathan Ford, Bernard Hirschel, Steven James Reynolds, Lut Lynen, Eric Goemaere, Felipe Garcia De La Vega, Luc Perrin, William Rodriguez

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Abstract

Although it is a standard practice in high-income countries, determination of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) load is not recommended in developing countries because of the costs and technical constraints. As more and more countries establish capacity to provide second-line therapy, and as costs and technological constraints associated with viral load testing decrease, the question of whether determination of the viral load is necessary deserves attention. Viral load testing could increase in importance as a guide for clinical decisions on when to switch to second-line treatment and on how to optimize the duration of the first-line treatment regimen. In addition, the viral load is a particularly useful tool for monitoring adherence to treatment, performing sentinel surveillance, and diagnosing HIV infection in children aged

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)128-134
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Viral Load
HIV
Sentinel Surveillance
Costs and Cost Analysis
Virus Diseases
Therapeutics
Developing Countries

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Calmy, A., Ford, N., Hirschel, B., Reynolds, S. J., Lynen, L., Goemaere, E., ... Rodriguez, W. (2007). HIV viral load monitoring in resource-limited regions: Optional or necessary? Clinical Infectious Diseases, 44(1), 128-134. https://doi.org/10.1086/510073

HIV viral load monitoring in resource-limited regions : Optional or necessary? / Calmy, Alexandra; Ford, Nathan; Hirschel, Bernard; Reynolds, Steven James; Lynen, Lut; Goemaere, Eric; Garcia De La Vega, Felipe; Perrin, Luc; Rodriguez, William.

In: Clinical Infectious Diseases, Vol. 44, No. 1, 01.01.2007, p. 128-134.

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Calmy, A, Ford, N, Hirschel, B, Reynolds, SJ, Lynen, L, Goemaere, E, Garcia De La Vega, F, Perrin, L & Rodriguez, W 2007, 'HIV viral load monitoring in resource-limited regions: Optional or necessary?', Clinical Infectious Diseases, vol. 44, no. 1, pp. 128-134. https://doi.org/10.1086/510073
Calmy, Alexandra ; Ford, Nathan ; Hirschel, Bernard ; Reynolds, Steven James ; Lynen, Lut ; Goemaere, Eric ; Garcia De La Vega, Felipe ; Perrin, Luc ; Rodriguez, William. / HIV viral load monitoring in resource-limited regions : Optional or necessary?. In: Clinical Infectious Diseases. 2007 ; Vol. 44, No. 1. pp. 128-134.
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