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.
In our fourth issue, we have assembled 68 abstracts published from June through July 2018 that feature evidence from Angola (1), Botswana (1), Eswatini (2), Malawi (11), Mozambique (3), South Africa (36), Zambia (6) and Zimbabwe (10).
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?
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).