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India National AIDS Control Organsation (NACO), 2018.

In 2018, India implemented routine viral load (VL) testing for all people living with HIV releasing a set of guidance documents to support the scale-up of VL testing to reach the 90-90-90 targets in India—this collection includes National Guidelines for HIV-1 Viral Load Laboratory Testing, National Operational Guidelines for Viral Load Testing, and Guidelines on Quality Monitoring System for Outsourced Viral Load Tests.

  • National Guidelines for HIV-1 Viral Load Laboratory Testing

    India National AIDS Control Organsation (NACO), 2018.

    The National Guidelines for HIV-1 Viral Load Laboratory Testing support plans to scale up viral load (VL) testing to reach the 90-90-90 targets in India. This phased scale-up includes the setup of 70 additional VL testing laboratories nationally. These guidelines include laboratory design considerations, a summary of VL technologies, and specimen collection and handling as well as transportation and storage guidance. Quality control and quality assurance requirements are described as well as laboratory safety issues. The guidelines also describe the VL laboratory network to be developed with supply chain management issues and commodities described. Annexes include laboratory registers and reporting forms.

  • National Operational Guidelines for Viral Load Testing

    India National AIDS Control Organsation (NACO), 2018.

    These National Operational Guidelines for Viral Load Testing detail how routine viral load testing will be implemented at the facility level in India. They include frequency and interpretation of monitoring, sample collections, storage and transportation, receipt of results, adherence counseling, and reporting requirements. Roles and responsibilities are outlined as well as turnaround time requirements.

  • Guidelines on Quality Monitoring System for Outsourced Viral Load Tests

    India National AIDS Control Organsation (NACO), 2018.

    This document provides guidelines and tools for monitoring the quality of outsourced viral load test results in India, defining processes and procedures as well as quality indicators and a monitoring checklist for assuring quality of services. Annexes include reporting forms and checklists for monitoring visits.