Should trained lay providers perform HIV testing? A systematic review to inform World Health Organization guidelines

by C. E. Kennedy, P. T. Yeh, C. Johnson et al.
AIDS Care – Published online: 24 April 2017

8 pp. 1.2 MB

New strategies for HIV testing services (HTS) are needed to achieve UN 90-90-90 targets, including diagnosis of 90% of people living with HIV. Task-sharing HTS to trained lay providers may alleviate health worker shortages and better reach target groups. The authors conducted a systematic review of studies evaluating HTS by lay providers using rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs). Based on evidence supporting using trained lay providers, a WHO expert panel recommended lay providers be allowed to conduct HTS using HIV RDTs. Uptake of this recommendation could expand HIV testing to more people globally.

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