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Record setting order from Botswana shows growing importance of HIV viral load monitoring

News   •   Jul 14, 2009 07:26 GMT

Cavidi recently received its largest order ever of 22,020 ExaVir Load HIV viral load tests. The order came from Botswana as part of their escalating efforts to combat HIV. Monitoring provides vital information on the progression of HIV in patients and provides early warning signs of treatment failure, helping maintain patient health and prevent drug resistance. Once considered too expensive and impractical for resource-limited settings, viral load monitoring is now becoming more widely implemented thanks to solutions like ExaVir Load.

Botswana has long been a leader in the African effort to prevent and treat HIV. With one of the highest infection rates in the world at around 24%, they were one of the first to put forth a concerted effort to combat the disease. It was the first African country to set the goal of providing antiretroviral treatment for every one of its HIV infected citizens. Botswana’s progress in providing treatment set a standard for other African nations to live up to. Botswana is now taking a leading role in the effort to make viral load monitoring accessible to every patient who needs it.

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