Point-of-Care HIV Testing and Early Dolutegravir Use for Infants (Moso)

  • End date
    Aug 31, 2026
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH)
Updated on 4 October 2022


This study is being conducted to explore the feasibility of implementing targeted birth HIV testing of high-risk neonates using facility-based point-of-care (POC) HIV diagnostics, and to improve the ability to implement the best standard-of-care treatment possible. Infants found to be HIV infected will be immediately offered enrollment into a dolutegravir (DTG) antiretroviral treatment study cohort (if maternal consent is granted) or referred for treatment at a government facility. Infants who enter the study treatment cohort will be prospectively followed through 96 weeks of age. ART will follow Botswana guidelines.

Condition HIV
Treatment Point-of-Care Cepheid Xpert HIV-1, DTG/ABC/3TC
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05393193
SponsorHarvard School of Public Health (HSPH)
Last Modified on4 October 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Mother 18 years of age or older
Mother willing and able to provide written informed consent for study participation
for herself and her infant
Positive point-of-care HIV screening for infant (HIV DNA PCR pending or completed)
Infant eligible for ART treatment in accordance with the Botswana government program
Infant birth weight ≥1.5 kg

Exclusion Criteria

Medical condition making it unlikely that the infant will survive to 24 months
Infant unable to start treatment-dose ART < 168 hours of age
Infant unable to attend follow-up visits at a BHP study clinic in Gaborone or
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