While CD4 testing is typically available in South Africa within a week of testing, up to 55% of patients are subsequently lost to follow up. Faal et al. studied the impact of CD4 count result and patient written information provided after diagnosis on retention in care, and found that POC diagnostics did improve retention.

The article is available online in the the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes at: http://journals.lww.com/jaids/Fulltext/2011/11010/Providing_Immediate_CD4_Count_Results_at_HIV.19.aspx

 

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