A Study Protocol to Assess Viral Load Suppression Rate among Adolescents Leaving With HIV

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJPH.2013.06.03.Art006

Authors : Tibananuka Evelyne


Assessing viral load suppression among adolescents leaving with HIV in Uganda. The term "viral load" refers to the number of copies of HIV per mL of blood. In other words, it's the amount of virus in the blood. Provision of Antiretroviral drugs (ARV’) to people leaving with HIV aims mainly at achieving viral suppression. ART are medications that treat HIV. The drugs do not kill or cure the virus. However, when taken in combination they can prevent the growth of the virus. When the virus is slowed down, it is called viral suppression and this also slows down HIV disease.

According to United Nation’s Programme on HIV/AIDS in 2013, 90-90-90 is a set of goals. The idea is that by 2020, 90% of people who are HIV infected will be diagnosed, 90% of people who are diagnosed will be on antiretroviral treatment and 90% of those who receive antiretroviral will be virally suppressed.



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