AIDS 2016—WHO Viral Load Guidance

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World Health Organization, 2016

In this AIDS 2016 presentation, WHO shared key recommendations from the 2016 Consolidated Guidelines on the Use of Antiretroviral Drugs for Treating and Preventing HIV Infection, including that viral load is recommended as the preferred approach to diagnose and confirm treatment failure. DBS specimens, using venous or capillary whole blood, can be used to determine HIV VL and using a failure threshold of 1,000 copies/ml. WHO also recommended that VL should be measured at 6 months, 12 months, and then every 12 months after ART initiation.