HIV dashboard to improve viral load checks
The first national CD4/viral load monitoring dashboard has been launched in South Africa to help doctors and nurses keep a close eye on the health of HIV/Aids patients and reduce fatalities linked to the epidemic.
The dashboard was launched in Johannesburg on Tuesday by Right to Care in collaboration with the Department of Health, National Health Laboratory Service, National Institute of Communicable Diseases and Boston University.
The ultimate goal of the dashboard is to reach the Joint UN Programme on HIV and Aids (UNAids) 90:90:90 target set for 2020, which is 90 percent of people infected with HIV should be diagnosed, 90 percent of them should be on treatment and 90 percent of them should have their viral load suppressed. It is estimated that there are nearly 6.75 million people infected with HIV in South Africa, with 3.3 million on treatment. Of those who have undergone viral load testing, over 80 percent are viral load suppressed. South Africa has 36 months to reach the target, and it is expected that this initiative will be rolled out between January and March 2017. – SAnews.gov.za World Aids Day will be held next Thursday, 1 December