Guidance for Developing a Specimen Transport and Referral System for Viral Load and Infant Virologic HIV Diagnosis Testing Networks

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CDC, USAID, WHO, CHAI, ASLM, MSF, Global Fund, (2016).

This document provides a systematic approach in developing a coordinated, standardized, reliable, efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable specimen transport and referral system to support IVHD and VL testing networks. This document provides technical and programmatic recommendations on the appropriate specimen storage and transportation of specimens for HIV VL and IVHD testing. Along with the national guidelines for specimen storage and transport, these standards should provide guidance on the creation or improvement of specimen referral networks and specimen transport systems. In addition, standard operating procedures (SOPs) targeting drivers and persons responsible for packing of specimens and results return are included in this document.