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AIDS. 2008 Aug 20;22(13):1679-81. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0b013e32830ebcee.

Loss to follow-up and mortality among pregnant women referred to a community clinic for antiretroviral treatment.

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  • 1The Desmond Tutu HIV Centre, Institute for Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa.


In a retrospective cohort analysis, loss to follow-up and mortality rates were compared between pregnant and nonpregnant women referred to a community-based antiretroviral treatment program in South Africa. Although there was no significant difference in adjusted mortality rates between the two groups, the pregnant women had a substantially higher risk of loss to follow-up both pretreatment and on-treatment. This finding highlights the need for programmatic interventions to address retention in care for this patient population.

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