Routine offering of HIV testing to hospitalized pediatric patients at university teaching hospital, Lusaka, Zambia: acceptability and feasibility.

@article{Kankasa2009RoutineOO,
  title={Routine offering of HIV testing to hospitalized pediatric patients at university teaching hospital, Lusaka, Zambia: acceptability and feasibility.},
  author={Chipepo Kankasa and Rosalind J. Carter and Nancy Briggs and Marc Bulterys and Eslone Chama and Ellen Rae Cooper and Cristiane Rocha da Costa and Erica Spielman and Mary Katepa-Bwalya and Tendai J M'soka and Chin-Yih Ou and Elaine J. Abrams},
  journal={Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes},
  year={2009},
  volume={51 2},
  pages={202-8}
}
OBJECTIVES The difficulties diagnosing infants and children with HIV infection have been cited as barriers to increasing the number of children receiving antiretroviral therapy worldwide. DESIGN We implemented routine HIV antibody counseling and testing for pediatric patients hospitalized at the University Teaching Hospital, a national reference center, in Lusaka, Zambia. We also introduced HIV DNA polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing for early infant diagnosis. METHODS Caregivers… CONTINUE READING

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