HIV testing is free in Malawi, but users may still incur costs that can deter or delay them accessing these services. We sought to identify and quantify these costs among HIV testing service clients in Malawi.
In the second instalment of our new series – Talking HIV – we hear from Jimmy and Favour from Malawi. Jimmy and Favour are both 19 and living with HIV. We hear them talk about what it’s really like being young and positive, their personal struggles and how they got through them.
Welcome to our fourth issue of the research digest. The digest offers article abstracts from peer-reviewed literature related to HIV and AIDS in southern Africa and is designed to keep you in touch with the rapidly expanding evidence base pertaining to HIV in the region.
INTRODUCTION: The Global Fund and the US President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) are major donors to HIV services with key populations (KPs) to achieve the UNAIDS 95-95-95 epidemic control goals.
Data helps provide insight into what is working and what needs to be changed to improve outcomes along the HIV cascade of care. The Tingathe Outreach Program uses monitoring & evaluation and research data to provide the highest quality services and most cost-effective strategies to support patients and providers along the HIV cascade. At AIDS 2018, Tingathe presented on how they use data to inform the program.
HIV self-testing (HIVST) was introduced to overcome barriers to conventional testing services such as facility- and community-based HIV testing and counseling. It allows a person to perform and interpret their own HIV test results in a private space and time of their choice - making testing more accessible and acceptable. I strongly believe in the power of autonomy and choice when it comes to accessing health services, especially now that health care providers understand that one size does not fit all. Why not apply this approach to HIV testing services as well?
The USAID-funded The Demographic and Health Survey (DHS) Program is searching for potential participants for a Regional Health Data Mapping Workshop. The workshop will be held from August 13-17, 2018 in South Africa.
This study hypothesized that mass distribution of a broad-spectrum antibiotic agent to preschool children would reduce mortality in areas of sub-Saharan Africa that are currently far from meeting the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.