Recommendations for the management of indeterminate HIV PCR results within South Africa’s early infant diagnosis programme

Mazanderani, Ahmad Haeri ; Technau, Karl-Gunter ; Hsiao, Nei-yuan ; Maritz, Jean ; Carmona, Sergio ; Sherman, Gayle G. (2016)

CITATION: Mazanderani, A. H., et al. 2016. Recommendations for the management of indeterminate HIV PCR results within South Africa’s early infant diagnosis programme. Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine, 17(1), a451, doi:10.4102/sajhivmed.v17i1.451.

The original publication is available at http://www.sajhivmed.org.za/

Article

Indeterminate HIV PCR results represent missed diagnostic opportunities within South Africa's early infant diagnosis (EID) programme. These results not only delay diagnosis and appropriate management but are also a source of confusion and apprehension amongst clinicians and caregivers. We describe the extent of indeterminate HIV PCR results within South Africa's EID programme and provide recommendations for the management of these cases, both in terms of laboratory practice and the clinical care of the infants.

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