Dried blood spots are a useful tool for quality assurance of rapid HIV testing in Kigali, Rwanda.

  title={Dried blood spots are a useful tool for quality assurance of rapid HIV testing in Kigali, Rwanda.},
  author={Pascale Chaillet and Rony R Z Zachariah and Katie Harries and Emmanuel Rusanganwa and Anthony D Harries},
  journal={Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene},
  volume={103 6},
A study was conducted in two primary health facilities in Kigali, Rwanda, to determine whether dried blood spots (DBS) used for quality control of HIV testing would give comparable results with serum after being stored for a period of 14 days and 30 days at ambient temperature. DBS and serum specimens were collected from patients undergoing HIV testing. ELISA performed on serum at baseline (gold standard) was compared with DBS results. The study included a total of 491 patients, comprising 92… CONTINUE READING

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