Project Description

The HIV prevalence rate in Njombe region is the highest in Tanzania (14.8 percent). Despite this high prevalence, nearly 60 percent of HIV-exposed infants in the region did not receive an HIV test in 2013โ€“2014.1 Subsequently, a much lower proportion of infants and children in the region have initiated antiretroviral therapy (ART), compared to adults. This is caused, in part, by barriers to testing HIV-exposed children. The purpose of this study was to explore the barriers to testing and enrolling infants and children with HIV in HIV/AIDS care and treatment programs and make recommendations for future research and interventions.