HIV viral load testing as a component of antiretroviral therapy monitoring is costly. Understanding the full costs and the major sources of inefficiency associated with viral load testing is critical for optimizing the systems and technologies that support the testing process. The objective of our study was to estimate the costs associated with viral load testing performed for antiretroviral therapy monitoring to both patients and the public healthcare system in a low-HIV prevalence, low-resource country.
Gerlach, J., Sequeira, M., Alvarado, V., Cerpas, C., Balmaseda, A., Gonzalez, A., … Domingo, G. J. (2010). Cost analysis of centralized viral load testing for antiretroviral therapy monitoring in Nicaragua, a low-HIV prevalence, low-resource setting. Journal of the International AIDS Society, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/1758-2652-13-43