The capital Patna has got the first HIV viral load testing lab. People of Patna will no longer have to go out for treatment. Starting this lab will make it easier to detect the severity of HIV viral load. Launched by the National AIDS Control Organization, the lab will test for viral loads free of charge.

The state’s first HIV viral load testing laboratory was inaugurated on Monday at the Department of Microbiology, Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH). The lab is funded by the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO).
Inaugurating the lab, Anshul Agarwal, project director, Bihar State AIDS Control Society, said the new facility would help in assessing the virus load in HIV-infected patients so that a proper course of treatment could be adopted.
The lab, set up at PMCH, will evaluate viral loads free of charge.
Antiretroviral treatment (ART) centers located in all the districts will send their samples to this laboratory. In which 100 samples can be tested in one shift. If the workload of the test specimens is increased, the test capacity can be increased by doubling the tests in daily shifts.
No individual or organization will be independent to send their samples for testing in this laboratory except ART centers.
The head of the PMCH microbiology department, Dr. Ranjan Kumar Srivastava said the lab would be a boon for microbiological investigations. These tests will provide an actual state of viral potential in HIV-positive patients.
On this occasion, the Medical Superintendent of PMCH Dr. I.S. Thakur and Principal Dr. Besides VP Chaudhary, BSACS officers NK Gupta and Rajesh Kumar were also present.

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