Jamshedpur: Central government is soon going to provide free viral load testing (VLT) facility to HIV patients. This facility would be made available on a public private partnership mode. This would enable HIV/AIDS patients to find out the extent of HIV infection in their body and would also help them get better treatment.
This was informed on Tuesday by Dr Matin Ahmad Khan, Joint Director of Jharkhand AIDS Control Committee cum Associate Professor of PMCH, Dhanbad. He was speaking during the inauguration of a blood collection camp for VLT at the Anti Retroviral Treatment (ART) Centre of MGM Hospital. He was accompanied by Dr Nakul Choudhary, deputy superintendent of MGMCH, senior physician Dr Nirmal Kumar, Dr P Sarkar and Dr Sumangala Vishwas.
Dr Khan said the Central government had plans to set up at least one VLT machine in every state. In Jharkhand, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) has been selected for installation of the machine.
Till the installation takes place, National AIDS Control Society would facilitate collection of blood samples across all eight ART centres in Jharkhand by holding special camps. The samples would be tested in a Mumbai-based laboratory.
At present, the VLT costs Rs 6000 in the market, but the government would offer the VLT facility free to all HIV/AIDS patients, said Dr Khan.
Week days fixed for VLT blood sample collection
Tuesday: PMCH Dhanbad, MGMCH Jamshedpur
Wednesday: RIMS Ranchi, Hazaribagh
Thursday: Giridih, Deoghar