25 July 2012

MSF has launched a report on the importance of viral load testing for HIV patients in African developing countries at the epicenter of the epidemic. The report, titled "Undetectable: How viral load monitoring can Improve HIV treatment in developing countries" was presented at the 2012 International AIDS Conference currently underway in Washington. In the report, MSF argues that viral load testing is not only cost-saving, by making treatment more accurate, but patients also benefit by improving their morale and motivation to remain on treatment.

Going forward, MSF will implement viral load and improved CD4 testing in eight of its projects in several African countries, after recently receiving a substantial grant from UNITAID, an international drug purchase facility.

Dr. Tom Ellman, from MSF's South African Medical Unit (SAMU) spoke to Channel Africa from Washington.