September 18, 2013

In June, the World Health Organization amended its treatment protocols for HIV/AIDS to include increased viral load testing, earlier inception of antiretroviral (ARV) treatment, and enhanced measures to prevent transmission from mothers to children. MSF applauded these steps, and had pushed for them for years, in fact. The graphic below shows why one of the measures—viral load testing, or gauging how much of the virus is in someone’s blood and thereby discerning whether treatment is working or not—is so important.