GETTING TO ZERO HIV INFECTION: KIDA'S EARLY INFANT DIAGNOSIS CLINIC

The EID (Exposed Infant Diagnosis) Clinic is a department in KIDA Hospital that cares about the exposed babies and infants who are born to HIV positive mothers. When a pregnant mother is tested HIV positive, she is immediately started on antiretroviral treatment during her prenatal visit to reduce the chances of the baby contracting the disease. As long as an HIV positive mother chooses to deliver her baby at KIDA Hospital, the baby is started on ARV treatment (just in case) at birth. The mother comes into the clinic regularly for her treatment and brings the baby along for treatment. At the time when testing can be done that proves that the child does not harbor the virus, usually at 18 months of age, the baby discontinues treatment and is discharged.  Pictured here is one of the babies, Akampumusa Pretty, recently discharged from the Clinic and pronounced HIV negative!

Akampumuza Pretty at 18 months is HIV-free!