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?
In our third issue, we have assembled 72 abstracts published from April through May 2018 that feature articles from Botswana (4), Lesotho (2), Malawi (7), Mozambique (5), South Africa (43), Swaziland (2), Tanzania (4), Zambia (2) and Zimbabwe (9).
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.
In our second issue, we have assembled 84 abstracts published from February through March 2018 that feature articles from Botswana (4), DRC (1), Lesotho (5), Malawi (16), South Africa (39), Swaziland (5), Zambia (5) and Zimbabwe (9).
Nearly 90 percent of participants in an open-label study of a vaginal ring infused with a drug to prevent HIV are using the monthly ring at least some of the time, according to an interim analysis of study data.
Many adolescent girls and young women with multiple risk factors for infection with HIV do not consider themselves to be at high risk for acquiring the infection or worry about HIV, according to research conducted in Malawi an