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Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital Report Details of New Studies and Findings in the Area of HIV/AIDS

Staff Writer


December 23, 2013



2013 DEC 23 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Fresh data on Immune System Diseases and Conditions are presented in a new report. According to news reporting originating from Boston, Massachusetts, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Limited access to HIV testing of children impedes early diagnosis and access to antiretroviral therapy. Our objective was to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of routine pediatric HIV testing in an urban, fee-for-service, outpatient clinic in Durban, South Africa."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from Massachusetts General Hospital, "We assessed the number of patients (0-15 years) who underwent HIV testing upon physician referral during a baseline period. We then established a routine, voluntary HIV testing study for pediatric patients, regardless of symptoms. Parents/caretakers were offered free rapid fingerstick HIV testing of their child. For patients
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Routine HIV testing identifies a high burden of HIV and is a feasible and moderately acceptable strategy in an outpatient clinic in a high prevalence area."

For more information on this research see: The Acceptability and Feasibility of Routine Pediatric HIV Testing in an Outpatient Clinic in Durban, South Africa. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 2013;32(12):1348-1353. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal can be contacted at: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 530 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3621, USA. (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins - www.lww.com; Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal - journals.lww.com/pidj/pages/default.aspx)

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting L. Ramirez-Avila, Massachusetts General Hospital, Div Infect Dis, Boston, MA 02114, United States. Additional authors for this research include F. Noubary, D. Pansegrouw, S. Sithole, J. Giddy, E. Losina, R.P. Walensky and I.V. Bassett (see also Immune System Diseases and Conditions).

Keywords for this news article include: Boston, HIV/AIDS, Pediatrics, RNA Viruses, Retroviridae, Massachusetts, United States, HIV Infections, Vertebrate Viruses, Primate Lentiviruses, North and Central America, Viral Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Immune System Diseases and Conditions

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