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Patient needs and point-of-care requirements for HIV load testing in resource-limited settings

Usdin, Martine
Guillerm, Martine
Published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2010, vol. 201 Suppl 1, p. S73-77
Abstract Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) is an international, independent medical nongovernmental organization. One way in which MSF acts to improve patient care is to assist in the identification and development of adapted and appropriate tools for use in resource-limited settings. One strategy to achieve this goal is through active collaborations with scientists and developers, to make some of the field needs known and to help define the medical strategy behind the implementation of new diagnostic tests. Tests used in the field need to be effective in often extreme conditions and must also deliver high-quality, reliable results that can be used in the local context. In this article, we discuss some patient and health care provider needs for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) load measurement in resource-limited settings. This is just one of the areas in which effective, quality tools are desperately needed, not only by MSF and other international nongovernmental organizations, but also by many other health service providers. We hope that, by clearly defining the needs of patients in MSF clinics-as well as we can assess this-and by explaining why these tools are needed, how they should perform, and how their results can be integrated into a program, we will encourage the development of such tools and hasten their implementation in areas where they are so urgently needed.
Keywords Developing CountriesHIV Infections/*virologyHumans*Point-of-Care SystemsViral Load/*methods
PMID: 20225951
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USDIN, Martine, GUILLERM, Martine, CALMY, Alexandra. Patient needs and point-of-care requirements for HIV load testing in resource-limited settings. In: The Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2010, vol. 201 Suppl 1, p. S73-77. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:21357

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