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15.03.2017 | Original Paper | Ausgabe 8/2017 Open Access

AIDS and Behavior 8/2017

Addressing the First 90: A Highly Effective Partner Notification Approach Reaches Previously Undiagnosed Sexual Partners in Tanzania

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AIDS and Behavior > Ausgabe 8/2017
Autoren:
Catherine Kahabuka, Marya Plotkin, Alice Christensen, Charlene Brown, Mustafa Njozi, Renatus Kisendi, Werner Maokola, Erick Mlanga, Ruth Lemwayi, Kelly Curran, Vincent Wong
Wichtige Hinweise
Catherine Kahabuka and Marya Plotkin have contributed equally to the work.

Abstract

To meet UNAIDS’ 90–90–90 treatment goals, effective approaches to HIV testing services (HTSs) are urgently needed. In 2015, a cross-sectional study was conducted to evaluate effectiveness and feasibility of partner notification for HTS in Tanzania. Men and women newly diagnosed with HIV were enrolled as index clients, listed sexual partners, and given options to notify and link their partners to HTS. Of 653 newly diagnosed individuals, 390 index clients were enrolled, listed 438 sexual partners, of whom 249 (56.8%) were successfully referred. Of 249 partners reaching the facilities, 96% tested for HIV, 148 (61.9%) tested HIV+ (all newly diagnosed), and 104 (70.3%) of partners testing positive were enrolled into HIV care and treatment. Results showed good acceptability, feasibility and effectiveness, as evidenced by high uptake of partner notification among newly diagnosed individuals, over half of listed partners successfully referred, and a very high positivity rate among referred sexual partners.

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