Antenatal HIV sentinel surveys have been used over several years to monitor the course of the HIV epidemic. They usually use unlinked anonymous testing (UAT) methods which raise ethical and methodological concerns in the current era of test and treat, as pregnant women living with HIV (PWLHIV) could not be traced and referred into care. With increasing coverage of routine HIV testing for pregnant women it becomes prudent to investigate whether routine antenatal HIV testing can be used to monitor antenatal HIV prevalence. This survey aimed to assess the utility of routine prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) program data for HIV sentinel surveillance amongst pregnant women.
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