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Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal:
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e318184eeeb
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Orphanhood Predicts Delayed Access to Care in Ugandan Children

Ntanda, Henry MSc*; Olupot-Olupot, Peter MBChB, MPH†; Mugyenyi, Peter MBChB‡; Kityo, Cissy MBChB‡; Lowes, Rebecca MS-PPH§; Cooper, Curtis MD, MSc¶; Lima, Viviane PhD∥; Mills, Edward PhD, MSc∥

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We aimed to determine patient characteristics, treatment challenges, and adherence outcomes according to orphanhood status in a prospective cohort of 101 HIV+ children in rural Uganda. Orphans were older at antiretroviral initiation (P = 0.0008) and more likely to be WHO stage-4 (P = 0.03) than nonorphans. More attention to improving access to antiretrovirals in pediatric populations, especially orphans, is needed.

© 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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