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Price Of HIV Test Falls, Raising Hopes In Global AIDS Fight

A new financing deal aims to slash the cost of HIV viral load testing in low- and middle-income countries. Public health officials say it's a crucial step to ending the AIDS epidemic.
Blood samples of people living with HIV in a laboratory at the AIDS Research Center in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Source: Sia Kambou

The U.N. has an incredibly ambitious goal of wiping out HIV transmission by the year 2030.

But global health experts say they can't execute that plan without a cheaper way to monitor the health of millions of HIV patients.

The , along with several other development agencies, has brokered an agreement to make routine HIV tests more accessible. They're aiming to make HIV viral load tests available for $12 a piece, slashing the price in some markets by more than 50 percent.

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