All four "graduated" from HIV care! Everyone, mothers and staff members alike, is happy when both the a baby's PCR and HIV antibody test results come back negative. Lucy, one of the mothers said, "Thank God that my child doesn't need any more drugs, and he will not have to suffer with a life-long infection like so many do."
KIDA Hospital participates in the Uganda Ministry of Health program to eliminate mother to child transmission of HIV, which is possible when antiretroviral drugs are taken during pregnancy and at delivery. Timing is everything. The babies are seen in the Early Infant Diagnosis Clinic (EID).
In September four babies born to HIV positive mothers turned 18 months, the time when a baby can be tested accurately for the presence or absence of the virus.