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AIDS Care. 2010 Nov;22(11):1346-9. doi: 10.1080/09540121003720986.

HIV testing coverage of family members of adult antiretroviral therapy patients in Malawi.

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  • 1Department of Medicine, University of Malawi, Blantyre, Malawi.

Abstract

Many children in sub-Saharan Africa die from AIDS, not having accessed HIV testing and care. Children of adult antiretroviral therapy (ART) patients are a target group for HIV testing in order to increase access to care, but the HIV test coverage of this group in Malawi is unknown. In a cross-sectional survey of 832 patients at a large urban ART clinic in Blantyre, we found that 81.2% of 1223 children and 37.7% of 488 spouses of adult ART patients were reportedly not HIV tested. Wives of male patients were significantly less frequently HIV tested than husbands of female patients (53.0% vs. 72.4%, p<0.0001). Children under the age of 8 years (adjusted odds ratios [aOR] 2.76), children of female patients (aOR 2.53) and of patients whose partner had been HIV tested (aOR 2.87) were significantly more likely to have been tested for HIV. More attention needs to be given to provider initiated testing of children and spouses of ART patients.

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