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SKIMS to start free of cost HIV viral load testing

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Srinagar:  Jammu and Kashmir AIDS Control Society (JKACS) and Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Soura, Srinagar, Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding for starting free of cost HIV viral load testing of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in SKIMS, Soura, by utilizing the spare testing capacity of COBAS RT-PCR equipments, an official press release informed

At present, the samples of PLHIV are being sent to Chandigarh for viral load testing. This in-house testing in the Department of Microbiology at SKIMS Soura, will reduce the turnaround time in the reporting of the final result which will help the clinicians to provide timely treatment to the PLHIV, the press release said.

It said a similar MoU was signed between JKACS and GMC, Jammu few days back only and now with the signing of MOU with SKIMS the patients of J&K will be immensely benefited as such a facility in their own region will save a lot of time, effort and expenses.


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