Enhancing the health and social wellbeing of children and young people living with HIV

Testing children

If there is any chance your child has been exposed to HIV, you need to think about having them tested. There are cases where children have been born with HIV, but do not shown any signs or symptoms until they are in their teens. Not having your child tested could mean they suddenly fall seriously ill.

In 2008, a child of 10 died in intensive care because they had not been tested for HIV, even though both their parents were HIV positive. Health professionals really want to make sure that this can never happen again, so all children of HIV positive parents should be considered for HIV testing. This section looks at why you should have your child tested; it explains who needs to consent to the testing; what you should tell younger children and older children; the worries and fears parents have, and who can help you.