(Xinhua) -- More than 120 experts from 11 African
countries are expected to convene here a four-day HIV Viral Load
Viral load testing is recommended by
the World Health Organization for monitoring treatment in
patients who are on antiretroviral therapy (ART).
The workshop scheduled for September
13 will be the first of its kind to be held in Namibia.
Clinical and laboratory experts in the
HIV field will discuss and share strategies and country
experiences in improving efficiency for increased HIV Viral load
testing and uptake of results for patient management.
Namibia is one of the top three
African countries in provision of viral load testing to people
living with HIV who need the test.
Monitoring HIV treatment through viral
load testing is important to detect treatment failure which can
cause HIV patients to get sicker or even die from HIV.