Background In 2009, the “Don’t forget the children” report recommended that all new HIV-positive patients attending adult HIV services should have any children identified, tested and the information clearly documented. In our clinic, HIV diagnosis in a child was delayed due to lack of a robust testing protocol despite regularly engaging with the mother for her care. We aimed to survey our clinic’s testing practice before and after publication of this report to assess impact.
Method A retrospective case note review on all HIV positive women registered at the Solent adult HIV service. The population will be divided into 2 groups: (a) pre guidelines (n = 81), and post guidelines (n = 61). Details of children, their ages, country of residence, testing status, outcomes and timescales were recorded.
Conclusion Testing of children at risk of HIV has significantly improved in our service since the publication of “Don’t forget the Children”. However this audit identified some children who continue to remain untested or status unconfirmed. We have implemented a robust protocol to chase up outcomes of children tested outside of HIV service and to proactively negotiate testing when parents initially decline consent. Since January 2012, Southampton has been integrated with 3 other clinics to form Solent Sexual Health Service. We plan to extend this retrospective audit to include HIV positive women attending 3 other clinics, which may result in identification and testing of more children at risk.
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