How can a diagnosis of pediatric HIV infection be missed in a neonate?

Updated: Mar 05, 2020
  • Author: Delia M Rivera, MD; Chief Editor: Russell W Steele, MD  more...
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The failure to complete neonatal testing is another pitfall. The process to verity that an at-risk neonate does not have HIV infection is complex. Too often, follow-up tests are not performed if initial results are negative.

Prenatal HIV tests are often performed, but the results may not be followed up, especially in low-risk women.


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