Although many governments have adopted positive policies on viral load testing, it is not routinely available for too many people living with HIV
The World Health Organization strongly recommends that all people living with HIV have a viral load test six months after treatment, and at least once a year thereafter. We find that many people living with HIV, even activists, are not aware how critical these tests are to their health. And despite government policies, we have found that viral load tests are not routinely available to significant numbers of people living with HIV in Africa, Asia and Latin America and the Caribbean.
ITPC leads Be Healthy – Know Your Viral Load
The Be Healthy – Know Your Viral Load campaign was developed to raise awareness of the need for routine viral load monitoring amongst people living with HIV, health service providers, relevant government officials and policy makers. Advocacy materials are available to support local activists and communities to lobby government officials and health service providers.
The Be Healthy – Know Your Viral Load partnership
ITPC developed the original campaign website and materials, in partnership with AIDS & Rights Alliance for Southern Africa and partners throughout Africa, supported by the Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund program. Additional support from Médecins Sans Frontières in 2016, allowed us to extend the campaign through regional workshops to activists from over thirty countries in three regions: Africa, Asia and Latin American and the Caribbean.