Zimbabwe has one of the highest HIV infection rates in the world, with more than 1.5 million people living with HIV.
Although treatments are improving, stigmatisation, poor access to healthcare and expensive drugs continue to act as barriers.
To end the Aids epidemic by 2030, UNAIDS wants 90 percent of the HIV-positive population to know their status. Next, they want 90 percent of people who are on treatment to know their viral load. Successful antiretroviral therapy suppresses the virus and reduces the onward transmission of HIV. But to know whether a treatment is working, a viral load test is required.
Yet bringing viral load testing, an advanced molecular biology technique, to remote communities in Zimbabwe remains a huge challenge.
Join Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng in Zimbabwe to meet a team of doctors with an ambitious plan to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.
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