Publication date: May 20, 2018
In people living with HIV (PLHIV) who are on anti-retroviral therapy (ART), it is essential to identify persons with high blood viral loads (VLs) (≥1000 copies/ml), provide enhanced adherence counselling (EAC) for 3 months and assess for VL suppression (5,000 copies/ml were associated with lower probability of viral suppression.
The routine VL testing levels were high, but there were major programmatic gaps in enrolling PLHIV with high VLs into EAC and achieving VL suppression. The full potential of EAC on achieving viral load suppression has not been achieved in this setting. The reasons for these gaps need to be assessed in future research studies and addressed by suitable changes in policies/practices.
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Bvochora, T., Satyanarayana, S., Takarinda, K.C., Bara, H., Chonzi, P., Komtenza, B., Duri, C., and Apollo, T. Enhanced adherence counselling and viral load suppression in HIV seropositive patients with an initial high viral load in Harare, Zimbabwe: Operational issues. 04660. 2018 PLoS One (14):2.
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