Steel-Duncan, Julianne C.; Pierre, Russell B.; Evans-Gilbert, Tracy.; Rodriquez B.; Palmer, Paulette; Whorms, S.; Smikle, Monica ; Figueroa, J. P.; Christie, Celia D.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Child Health
Outcomes of Infants Born to Women with HIV Infection in Greater Kingston, 2002-2003: A Preliminary Report of the Kingston Paediatric and Perinatal HIV/AIDS (KPAIDS) Programme. [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
Objective: To present preliminary results of the paediatric outcomes of the HIV-exposed infants seen in the Kingston Paediatric and Perinatal HIV/AIDS programme. Methods: A cohort of HIV infected pregnant women was identified at the three leading maternity centres in Greater Kingston through HIV counselling and testing. Anti-retroviral prophylaxis was given to the HIV positive women and their newborns (KPAIDS identified infants) along with formula feeding. Some infants had been identified post delivery (non-KPAIDS identified infants). The infants' growth, health and preliminary HIV status (by a single DNA PCR via Roche Amplicor test kits) were reviewed and the infants received bactrim prophylaxis and immunizations in accordance with standard protocols. At 18 months-of-age final HIV-infection status was determined by confirmatory HIV ELISA serology. The women and infants were seen by a multidisciplinary team at Kingston and Comprehensive (CH) Antenatal Clinics, Victoria Jubilee Maternity Hospital (VJH), Spanish Town Hospital (STH), Bustamante Hospital for Children (BHC) and the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI)....