This package of tools—including standard operating procedures, forms, and job aids—helps health care workers and laboratory staff in Tanzania understand procedures for collecting and preparing samples for viral load testing, tracking samples and results, and providing counselling.
Tanzania MOHSW Standard Operating Procedure: HIV Viral Load Dried Blood Spot Venous Sample Collection
This SOP describes the procedures for collection and preparation of dried blood spots (DBS) for use in HIV viral load testing by using venous blood in Tanzania.
Tanzania MOHSW Standard Operating Procedure: How to Collect EDTA Whole Blood Samples for Plasma HIV Viral Load
This SOP describes the procedures for collection of whole blood samples for plasma in Tanzania including sample collection materials, preparation, phlebotomy, rejection criteria for specimens, and plasma separation and handling.
This SOP describes the procedures for collection and preparation of dried blood spots (DBS) for use in HIV viral load testing by using capillary blood—finger or heel—in Tanzania.
This HIV viral load sample manifest provides a template for documenting samples shipped to the laboratory for testing in Tanzania to be filled by the phlebotomist, clinician, or laboratory collecting and shipping the sample to the viral load testing laboratory.
This job aid guides HIV viral load sample collection procedures in Tanzania—including patient identification, sample collection materials, sample collection, plasma separation and handling, sample shipment, and results communication—to optimize sample quality.
This laboratory request form—in English and Swahili—records the client information including ART regimen, viral load test sample tracking, and results tracking.
Tanzania High Viral Load Counseling Form for Enhanced Adherence Counselling and Second Line Consideration
This form reviews enhanced adherence counselling and second line consideration for high viral load counselling in Tanzania.