The development of harmonized minimum standards for guidance on HIV testing and counselling and Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV in the SADC region: HTC country report: South Africa

OUTPUT TYPE: Research report- other
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2009
TITLE AUTHOR(S): V.U.Agu
KEYWORDS: HIV TESTING AND COUNSELLING (HTC), HIV/AIDS, PREVENTION OF MOTHER TO CHILD TRANSMISSION (PMTCT) PROGRAMME
DEPARTMENT: Social Aspects of Public Health (SAPH)
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Abstract

According to the South African UNGASS report for 2006-20071, the international protocol on HIV testing, including rapid tests is used at South African health facilities. During 2006/2007, 1 610 775 men and women were tested at public health facilities. Approximately 578 0002 pregnant women were tested in 2007. The majority (90%) attending VCT services receive their results the same day. Post-test counselling is offered routinely and clients are offered a confirmatory rapid test where results are positive.