Assessing Very Early Infant Diagnosis Turnaround Times
Michelle M. Gill, Heather J. Hoffman, Majoalane Mokone, Vincent J. Tukei, Matsepeli Nchephe, Mamakhetha Phalatse, Appolinaire Tiam, Laura Guay ,and Lynne Mofenson
Pediatric HIV Diagnosis, Care and Treatment; POC EID; Point-of-Care Early Infant Diagnosis; Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission
Very early infant diagnosis (VEID) (testing within two weeks of life), also known as point-of-care early infant diagnosis (POC EID), combined with rapid treatment initiation, could reduce early infant mortality. Our study evaluated turnaround time (TAT) to receipt of infants’ HIV test results and ART initiation if HIV-infected, with and without birth testing availability.