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Interruptions in payments for lay counsellors affects HIV testing at antenatal clinics in Johannesburg

Vivian Black, Courtenay Sprague, Matthew F Chersich


HIV testing uptake at 3 antenatal clinics in Johannesburg was 53% (1 333/2 502) during 4 months when lay counsellors were unpaid, which was lower than the 7 months when payment was provided (79%; 3 705/4 722; p<0.001), and a subsequent 12-month period (86.3%, 11 877/13 767; p<0.001) when counsellors were paid. Consistent remuneration of lay counsellors could markedly improve services for preventing mother-to-child HIV transmission.

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Vivian Black, Reproductive Health and HIV Research Unit.

Courtenay Sprague, Graduate School of Business Administration, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Matthew F Chersich, Centre for Health Policy, School of Public Health, University of Witwatersrand. International Centre for Reproductive Health, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Gent

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HIV; HIV testing; Counsellors

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South African Medical Journal 2011;101(6):407-408.

Article History

Date submitted: 2010-08-12
Date published: 2011-05-25

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