How to test for HIV . A new machine that reduces effective HIV testing time from more than a month to a week has been introduced in the country. The machine was installed at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri) in partnership with Roche, a swiss pharmaceutical company.
The cobalt 8800 machine can determine an HIV patient’s viral load in under a week
Unlike the traditional Rapid Test, Viral Load Test otherwise known as VLT is able to identify the HIV virus within the cell, making it possible to capture infections earlier. The test is also important for HIV patients in determining if the anti-retroviral treatment they are in is working or whether they have grown resistant to drugs.
WHERE TO FIND THE DEVICE : it can now be found at KEMRI centre at KNH and Kisumu but more will be transferred to various parts of country.
Other tests also also available including Eliza tests, western blot and 4th generation device testing
The cost can be gotten from the hospital