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Testing children of HIV-positive parents: a multidisciplinary approach

13 May 2014


The document ‘Don't Forget the Children’ (2009) outlined that all adult HIV services should have pathways in place to ensure children of HIV positive parents are tested for HIV.1 Children born outside the UK could miss interventions to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and subsequent testing.2 Previous audits have highlighted reasons parents are reluctant to test their children including the child appearing well, fear of disclosure and stigma.3 4

Our genitourinary medicine (GUM) department audited the number of untested children of HIV-positive parents attending HIV care. A multidisciplinary (MDT) group was formed between GUM and paediatrics to identify HIV-positive patients with untested children.

Audit and service development

We collected data prospectively between October 2010 and March 2011 on all children of HIV-positive parents. Parents of untested children (<18 years, living in the UK) were offered referral for testing based on National guidance.1...

13 May 2014

Click here to view the full article which appeared in Archives of Disease in Childhood