Linking HIV Testing and Counselling in Kenya: Standard Operating Procedures

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Author(s): MEASURE Evaluation

Year: 2017

Linking HIV Testing and Counselling in Kenya: Standard Operating Procedures Abstract:

Between 2007 and 2013, new HIV infections in adults in Kenya have decreased by only 7.5 percent. How to significantly reduce new infections and promptly identify those who are HIV-positive and link them to HIV services is a major concern. Targeted HIV testing and counselling strategies have increased the detection rate of people with HIV, and those who test positive for the virus must have effective linkages from testing points to available care, with vigorous follow-up to ensure enrollment and retention in services.

MEASURE Evaluation PIMA conducted a baseline survey with the objective of mapping referral and linkage practices to identify the challenges associated with and barriers to effective systems in 18 health facilities across eight counties. Data for the study drew primarily from desk studies of literature and reports. Quantitative data came from primary sources through a data extraction form, and qualitative data were collected through focus group discussions and key informant interviews using an interview guide.

In this report we suggest a series of recommendations to improve linkage practices in Kenya, based on our findings.

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