Ignoring prenatal HIV care leads to lifelong burden

Tears stream uncontrollably down Samantha Benjamin's* cheeks as she cradles her four-month-old daughter Francis* in her lap. "I know that it is because I was lazy that my baby is HIV-positive...I blame myself."

Mail & Guardian highlight children and HIV.

In South Africa, babies exposed to HIV are tested at 6 weeks and then again at 18 months. But according to physician, Carol Tait from Anova, who specialises in prevention-of-mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV, says "experience indicates that in some areas, we may only be testing a third to a half of HIV-exposed babies at 18 months."

Read the full M&G article here.

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