Introduction of Rapid Syphilis Testing Within Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV Programs in Uganda and Zambia: A Field Acceptability and Feasibility Study

by Susan Strasser, Edward Bitarakwate, Michelle Gill et al.
Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: 1 November 2012 – Vol. 61, Issue 3, pp. e40-e46

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Given that integration of syphilis testing into prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV (PMTCT) programs can prevent adverse pregnancy outcomes, this study assessed feasibility and acceptability of introducing rapid syphilis testing (RST) into PMTCT services. RST was introduced into PMTCT programs in Zambia and Uganda. Using a pre–post intervention design, HIV and syphilis testing and treatment rates during the intervention were compared with baseline. The authors conclude that integrating RST in PMTCT programs increases screening and treatment for syphilis among HIV-positive pregnant women and does not compromise HIV services.

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