Health
HIV patients to be monitored using viral load tests
Publish Date: Feb 11, 2014
HIV patients to be monitored using viral load tests
A newly installed CD4 Machine at Kibito Health Centre IV. CD4 cell count testing has been the only way to monitor persons who are on antiretroviral therapy (ART)
  • mail
  • img
newvision

By John Agaba

The ministry of health has announced a new arrangement to start monitoring persons who are on antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV using viral load tests as opposed to only employing CD4 cell count tests.
 
This means all persons on treatment soon will be monitored using viral load tests to verify whether the amount of the virus in their blood is reducing as a result of the ARVs. 
 
Related stories
Has the HIV/Aids fight lost steam? Publish Date: Jan 10, 2014
Home HIV test kit out Publish Date: Jul 18, 2012
 
By December 2013, over 577,000 were on ARVs, according to the Uganda AIDS Commission. An additional 240, 000 PLHIV whose CD4 cell count has dropped to 350 or below are expected to be started on treatment this year, totaling the number of people on ART to about 817, 000. 
 
Dr. Joshua Musinguzi, the program manager AIDS control at the ministry, said they are procuring more viral load machines to make it routine for every patient on treatment to access viral load tests.
 
"We already have some viral load machines. But these are few, located mainly at regional referral hospitals and some tertiary facilities," said Musinguzi. 
 
"We are looking at procuring more machines so every facility that provides HIV care can at least have a viral load test machine." 
 

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
UN Ebola head warns against complacency
The head of the UN''s Ebola fighting force warns against complacency as the battle against the disease enters its final lap....
All health workers must be vaccinated against HBV
The ministry of health has launched new rules, making it compulsory for all health workers to be vaccinated against hepatitis B virus (HBV)....
Ebola virus has mutated less than scientists feared
The Ebola virus is not mutating as quickly as scientists had feared, which is good news for treating the disease and preventing its spread....
Korea pledges sh25b to reduce maternal mortality
THE Government of South Korea and UNICEF Uganda have signed an agreement that will see the former give to the latter for taming the high maternal and new-born mortality in Karamoja and Acholi...
Latest Ebola trial vaccine
The latest in a string of candidate vaccines against the deadly Ebola virus is proven safe in an early trial....
New tool to predict heart attack/stroke risk
A new instrument will allow you to determine your risk simply by inputting your age, gender, blood pressure and cholesterol numbers....
Should police arrest parents who do not take their children to school?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter