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doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000000211
Research Letter

How does population viral load vary with the evolution of a large HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa?

Abu-Raddad, Laith J.a,b,c; Awad, Susanne F.a

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Abstract

Using mathematical modelling, we describe the temporal evolution of population HIV-1 viral load in Tanzania throughout the epidemic. Population log10 viral load was found to be stable and not sensitive to epidemic dynamics. However, even modest increases in antiretroviral therapy (ART) coverage were reflected as appreciable reductions in population log10 viral load. As ART coverage expands in sub-Saharan Africa, population log10 viral load will increasingly become a powerful proxy for monitoring ART implementation and HIV incidence trends.

© 2014 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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