Correlation between human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) RNA measurements obtained with dried blood spots and those obtained with plasma by use of Nuclisens EasyQ HIV-1 and Abbott RealTime HIV load tests.

@article{Garrido2009CorrelationBH,
  title={Correlation between human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) RNA measurements obtained with dried blood spots and those obtained with plasma by use of Nuclisens EasyQ HIV-1 and Abbott RealTime HIV load tests.},
  author={Carolina E. Garrido and Natalia Zahonero and Ang{\'e}lica Corral and Miguel O Arredondo and Vicente Soriano and Carmen de Mendoza},
  journal={Journal of clinical microbiology},
  year={2009},
  volume={47 4},
  pages={1031-6}
}
The plasma human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) RNA load is used in the clinical routine for the monitoring of HIV infection and the patient's response to antiretroviral therapy. Other body fluids or dried blood spots (DBS) can be used, however, to assess the level of viremia. The use of DBS may be especially helpful for the monitoring of HIV-infected patients in resource-poor settings, where access to adequate laboratory facilities is often difficult. However, the correlation between the HIV RNA… CONTINUE READING

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