As HIV rapid testing
expands to non-laboratory settings, ensuring the quality and accuracy of HIV
test results becomes more critical in HIV diagnosis, care and treatment. A
number of tools to monitor and improve test accuracy such as hands-on workshop,
liquid or dried tube specimen-based proficiency testing programs, retesting
strategies, and supervisory visits have been implemented as part of a national
quality assurance (QA) program in resource limited settings.
Dried Tube Specimen (DTS) is a QA tool which was
developed by GAP/International laboratory Branch at CDC (Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention) for monitoring and evaluating the quality of HIV
testing in laboratories. It is especially adapted for use in resource limited
countries because it is lyophilized and can be stored at room temperature for
up to four weeks.
The standardized logbook was
developed as an ongoing QA tool to monitor and evaluate the performance of the
HIV testing sites, personnel competence, view testing trends and evaluate the
different types of tests used. The goal of the logbook database is to capture
all data from the monthly summaries and provide a detailed analysis that will
identify key areas of improvement at the site, district, or national level.
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