An essential first step in caring for HIV-infected children is accurate and early diagnosis of HIV, early HIV testing, prompt return of results, and rapid initiation of treatment. Survival of HIV‐infected infants depends on a robust early infant diagnosis (EID) system that allows for tracking of infants through to their final HIV status. HIV-infected, untreated infants have rapid disease progression and high mortality—half of HIV‐infected infants will die by age 2 without treatment. Investment to scale-up EID has increased substantially in the last decade; however, despite these efforts, timely infant diagnosis remains a challenge.
On Thursday, January 18, 2018, AIDSFree hosted a webinar on early infant diagnosis (EID) including an introduction to EID and presentations on a data-driven strategy to improve linkage to care of HIV-positive infants in South Africa as well as use of a mother-baby tracking tool; a quality improvement collaborative (QIC) to improve the coverage and timeliness of EID services for HIV-exposed infants in Cameroon; and integrating point-of-care (POC) EID in Lesotho to reduce the time for delivering HIV test results to a baby’s caregiver and to increase HIV testing and ART initiation among HIV-exposed and infected infants.
If you missed it, you can find the recording, Q&A session, and all presentations here.