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An ICMR task force study of Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT) service delivery in India.

Indian journal of public health

Anti-HIV Agents, Retrospective Studies, Prevalence, organization & administration, Prenatal Care, Patient Education as Topic, Mass Screening, Male, statistics & numerical data, prevention & control, Infectious Disease Transmission, Vertical, Infant, Newborn, India, Humans, Health Services Research, transmission, drug therapy, HIV Infections, therapeutic use

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      A retrospective survey was conducted during August to December 2007 in 19 medical colleges of India to examine the functioning of the PPTCT service delivery. Data was extracted from records of the PPTCT centers for the year 2005-2006. HIV prevalence was higher than 2005 NACO figures in 11 out of 19 (57.8%) centers. There was wide variation in the proportion of women counseled & tested for HIV in different centers. Antenatal prophylaxis was practiced in 7 out of 19 (36.8%) centers. Overall intra-natal ART was provided to 52.8% of HIV positive women. Early newborn testing was available at 3 out of 19 (15.7%) centers. Improved counseling services are required for better case detection.

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