Assessment of population-based HIV RNA levels in a rural east African setting using a fingerprick-based blood collection method.

@article{Jain2013AssessmentOP,
  title={Assessment of population-based HIV RNA levels in a rural east African setting using a fingerprick-based blood collection method.},
  author={Vivek Jain and Teri J. Liegler and Jane Kabami and Gabriel Chamie and Tamara D Clark and Douglas L. Black and Elvin H Geng and Dalsone Kwarisiima and Joseph K Wong and Mohamed Abdel-Mohsen and Nitin D. Sonawane and Francesca T. Aweeka and Harsha Thirumurthy and M. L. Petersen and Edwin D Charlebois and Moses R. Kamya and Diane V. Havlir},
  journal={Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America},
  year={2013},
  volume={56 4},
  pages={598-605}
}
BACKGROUND Population-based human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) RNA levels (viral load [VL]) are proposed metrics for antiretroviral therapy (ART) program effectiveness. We estimated population-based HIV RNA levels using a fingerprick-based approach in a rural Ugandan community implementing rapid ART scale-up. METHODS A fingerprick-based HIV RNA measurement technique was validated against standard phlebotomy. This technique was deployed during a 5-day community-wide health campaign in… CONTINUE READING
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