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Free Content Evaluation of integrated registers for tuberculosis and HIV surveillance in children, Ethiopia, 2007–2009 [Notes from the field]

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In 2008, Ethiopia implemented tuberculosis (TB) treatment registers that included columns for recording human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) test results (integrated registers) to replace the previous system of separate TB and HIV registers (pre-integration registers). We compared the proportion of children with documented HIV rapid test results at eight hospitals before and after adopting the integrated registers. HIV status was more consistently documented in the integrated registers; however, HIV status for infants aged <18 months could not be assessed, as the registers did not capture results from polymerase chain reaction-based testing. Recording procedures should be revised to document age-appropriate HIV diagnostic results and ensure referral for appropriate care.

Keywords: HIV; TB; pediatric; tuberculosis

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Epidemic Intelligence Service, assigned to Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 2: Global AIDS Program Ethiopia, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 3: Division of Tuberculosis Elimination, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA 4: International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Publication date: May 1, 2012

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