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Early Diagnosis of HIV Infection in HIV-Exposed Infants: Can Complexity and Cost Be Overcome in Resource-Poor Settings?

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This review considers the challenges and clinical options currently available for diagnosing HIV infection in infants born to HIV- infected women in resource-limited settings. The use of antibody tests, p24 antigen assays, and DNA and RNA polymerase chain reaction (PCR) techniques are discussed in the context of increasing access to low-cost diagnostic tools and affordable antiretroviral medications for children.

Publisher: UCSF Center for HIV Information
Language: English
Format: Web Page
Region: Global
Audiences: Counselors, Doctors/Physicians, Nurses, Other Healthcare Workers, Physician's Assistants/Nurse Practitioners, Policymakers
Literacy level: Medium
Topic Areas: Primary Care of HIV Infected & Exposed Children, Testing & Counseling
Resource Type: Policy Analysis