Provider-Initiated Testing and Counselling for Hiv–from Debate to Implementation (Editorial)

A policy space for expanded HIV testing Recent statements by the new Minister of Health about ‘mass voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) campaigns’, and references in the latest draft VCT policy to ‘provider-initiated VCT’, suggest that a policy space is opening up in South Africa for the expansion of HIV testing models beyond the current VCT approach. The existing VCT programme is showing some successes. For example, the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has reported a dramatic increase in the number of 15 48-year-olds who report awareness of their HIV status, from 11.9% in 2005 to 24.7% in 2008. (1)

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