The quality of rapid HIV testing in South Africa: an assessment of testers' compliance

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dc.description HSRC Policy Brief, March en
dc.description.abstract Background: The aim of this study was to assess the quality of rapid HIV testing in South Africa. Method: A two-stage sampling procedure was used to select HCT sites in eight provinces of South Africa. The study employed both semi-structured interviews with HIV testers and observation of testing sessions as a means of data collection. In total, 63 HCT sites (one HIV tester per site) were included in the survey assessing qualification, training, testing practices and attitudes towards rapid tests. Quantitative data was analysed using descriptive statistics and qualitative data was content analysed. Results: Of the 63 HIV testers, 20.6% had a nursing qualification, 14.3% were professional counsellors, 58.7% were lay HIV counsellors and testers and 6.4% were from other professions. Most HIV testers (87.3%) had had a formal training in testing, which ranged between 10-14 days, while 6 (9.5%) had none. Findings revealed sub-standard practices in relation to testing. These were mainly related to non-adherence to testing algorithms, poor external quality control practices, poor handling and communication of discordant results. Conclusion: Quality of HIV rapid testing may be highly compromised through poor adherence to guidelines as observed in our study. en
dc.format.medium Print en
dc.publisher Earthscan en
dc.subject HEALTH SERVICES en
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en
dc.title The quality of rapid HIV testing in South Africa: an assessment of testers' compliance en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.description.version Y en
dc.ProjectNumber N/A en
dc.Volume 16(3) en
dc.BudgetYear 2016/17 en
dc.ResearchGroup HIV/AIDS, STIs and TB en
dc.SourceTitle African Health Sciences en
dc.ArchiveNumber 9401 en
dc.URL en
dc.PageNumber 646-654 en
dc.outputnumber 8246 en
dc.bibliographictitle Mwisongo, A., Peltzer, K., Mohlabane, N. & Tutshana, B. (2016) The quality of rapid HIV testing in South Africa: an assessment of testers' compliance. African Health Sciences. 16(3):646-654. en
dc.publicationyear 2016 en
dc.contributor.author1 Mwisongo, A. en
dc.contributor.author2 Peltzer, K. en
dc.contributor.author3 Mohlabane, N. en
dc.contributor.author4 Tutshana, B. en

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