n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - HIV testing during the neonatal period : forum

Volume 16, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



Testing for HIV in the neonatal period has been routinely recommended for all HIV-exposed infants in the developed world for over two decades. In 2015, birth testing for certain asymptomatic HIV-exposed infants was included in the South African National Consolidated Guidelines for the first time. Questions remain concerning the optimal recommendations for and implementation of HIV testing in neonates to achieve improved outcomes for HIV-infected infants in South African and other low-resource settings.

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