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Table 4 CNDR laboratory costs for running viral load tests (US dollars)

From: Cost analysis of centralized viral load testing for antiretroviral therapy monitoring in Nicaragua, a low-HIV prevalence, low-resource setting

  Batch of 10 specimens Batch of 22 specimens
Reagents (Amplicor test kit) 87.50 79.55
Disposables   
   Specimen aliquoting 0.19 0.17
   RNA extraction 1.39 1.22
   PCR reaction preparation 1.27 1.16
Total disposables 2.85 2.54
Labour   
   Specimen receipt and processing 0.06 0.04
   RNA extraction 0.23 0.19
   PCR reaction preparation 0.12 0.06
   Results processing 0.11 0.07
   Administration 0.47 0.47
   Data entry 0.20 0.20
Total labour 1.03 1.19
Facilities and equipment 5.62 5.62
Total cost per specimen 97.15 88.73