Guide to Implementation of Services for Early Diagnosis of HIV in Infants in Resource-Limited Settings
Early diagnosis of HIV infection in children is the first critical step to reducing HIV-related morbidity and mortality in the first years of life, and a key component to the follow-up of HIV-exposed children. These services are especially important to encourage linkages between prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) programs and HIV care and treatment programs. Responding to increased availability of pediatric therapy in resource-limited countries and increased regional capacity to manage treatment of HIV-infected children, this guide provides on overview of infant diagnosis for program managers. It covers the basics of setting up early infant diagnosis services, including choice of a test and an appropriate testing algorithm, clinical staff training needs, required laboratory infrastructure, and program evaluation. The table includes the guide and appendices.
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