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J Tuberc Res. 2017 Dec;5(4):292-297. doi: 10.4236/jtr.2017.54030. Epub 2017 Dec 29.

Comparison of HIV Testing among Children and Adults with Tuberculosis, Vietnam.

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1
Division of Global HIV and TB, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA.
2
Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA.
3
Vietnam National Tuberculosis Program, Hanoi, Vietnam.

Abstract

HIV testing among persons with tuberculosis (TB) results in high-yield identification of persons infected with HIV. To evaluate differences in HIV testing among children versus adults with TB in Vietnam, we collected and analyzed age-disaggregated facility and aggregated provincial data from the National Tuberculosis Program. HIV testing was incompletely documented for >70% of children, whereas adult testing data were >90% complete. Standardized training of personnel for universal HIV testing and documentation for children with TB could improve HIV case-detection and permit linking of children with HIV to antiretroviral treatment to prevent morbidity and mortality.

KEYWORDS:

Childhood; Operational Research; Pediatric; Surveillance; TB

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