Infant HIV status to be known in minutes

What you need to know:

  • Children who test positive for HIV will be put on life-saving drugs thus increasing the likelihood that they will survive past their first birthday.
  • Many potentially HIV-positive infants who are lost to follow-up can be tested and put on treatment at the health facility on delivery.
  • The test looks for evidence of the virus in the blood, rather than for antibodies or antigens like other tests.
  • The test was used in clinical trials in Mozambique and found to effectively diagnose HIV in infants for ARV treatment.

The status of a child born to an HIV-positive mother can now be known in less than an hour as opposed to two or three weeks as has been the case.

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