Home-based Testing Helps Reach Men

Offering at-home HIV testing for couples proved an effective way to reach men in Kenya, where women receive the test in antenatal clinics but their partners are often left out.

A program of home visits, partner education and HIV testing for couples in Kenya helped boost the proportion of male partners taking the test, according to a study described by Carey Farquhar of the University of Washington at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections.

The program could inform efforts in other African countries where no more than 1/3 of men take an HIV test during their female partner’s pregnancy.

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