SOUTH AFRICA’s 2010 NATIONAL HIV TESTING CAMPAIGN AND NUMBERS ENROLLING IN CARE

By  Dr. Matthew Fox  Cornelius Nattey  Dr Mhairi Maskew  Dr. William Macleod  Dr. Alana Brennan  Dr. Jacob Bor  |  | 

HIV testing represents the primary entry point into HIV care and treatment programs for people living with HIV and is the first of UNAID’s 90-90-901 targets. South Africa made a large effort to expand HIV testing in April 2010 by implementing a national testing campaign2. This campaign, designed to increase awareness of HIV status, sought to test 15 million people by June 2011. The
monthly number of people tested for HIV increased from approximately 240,000 per month in the period prior to the testing campaign (Jan 2009-April 2010) to 550,000 per month during the testing campaign (May 2010-Dec 2011), with an estimated total of 13 million people tested3. Testing increased both through routine testing at health facilities and through expanded community based testing services.

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