Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura here will conduct HIV viral load testing of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) free of cost , an official spokesman said on Friday.
In this regard a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on Friday between Jammu and Kashmir AIDS Control Society (JKACS) SKIMS for starting free of cost HIV viral load testing of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) in SKIMS Soura Srinagar.
SKIMS will utilize the spare testing capacity of COBAS RT-PCR equipments for the quantitative HIV– 1 Viral Load Testing in the Department of Microbiology.
At present, the samples of PLHIV’s are being sent to Chandigarh for viral load testing.
This in-house testing at SKIMS will reduce the turnaround time in the reporting of the final result which will help the clinicians to provide timely treatment to the PLHIV’s.
A similar kind of 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.
The MoU was signed in presence of Professor Parvaiz A Koul, Director SKIMS and Ex–Officio Secretary to Government, Dr. Tabassum Jabeen, Director Family Welfare, J&K, Dr. Manu Bhatnagar, Additional Director, J&K AIDS Control Society, H&ME Department and Dr. Bashir Ahmad, HOD, Department of Microbiology, SKIMS, alongwith concerned officers from Department of Microbiology, SKIMS and J&K AIDS Control Society.