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. – World Aids Day will be held next Thurs­day, 1 De­cem­ber

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