Table 1

Clinical criteria for eligibility for antiretroviral therapy in children, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa24

Confirmation of diagnosis of HIV infection AND
Recurrent hospitalisationsOR symptomatic children
>2 admissions per year for HIV complications OR prolonged hospitalisation for HIV (>4 weeks)<1-year of age1.5 years of age>5 years of age
WHO stage 2, 3 and 4WHO stage 3 and 4WHO stage 3 and 4
CD4 ≤35%CD4 ≤20%CD4 <15%
Absolute CD4 count <1500 cells/mm3Absolute CD4 <200 cells/mm3