URC staff publish article on Provider Initiated Counseling and Testing (PICT) for HIV in South Africa

Two URC staff members published an article, “Provider-Initiated Counseling and Testing (PICT): An Overview,” which outlines the rationale for PICT and provides an overview of the implementation protocol that will equip health care providers with the knowledge required to integrate HCT into routine medical care. PICT is a key strategy to increase HIV testing and referrals to care, treatment, and prevention services in high burden settings. The authors included Nondumiso Makhunga-Ramfolo, Project Director for the CDC-funded Increasing Access to HIV Testing and Counseling project in South Africa, and URC Vice President Dr. Refiloe Matji, who now directs the TB CARE II project.

South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world. Nonetheless, many South Africans do not know their HIV status and uptake of voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) has been suboptimal. In clinical settings there are many missed opportunities for HIV diagnosis as most patients are not routinely offered HIV counseling and testing (HCT). Provider-initiated counseling and testing (PICT) has been introduced to ensure that HCT becomes the standard of care in all consultations with health providers. PICT promotes universal access to prevention, care and treatment services for all clients by increasing the use and acceptance of HCT services.

Lead article author Nondumiso Makhunga-Ramfolo, Project Director for URC's Counseling and Testing Project in South Africa
Lead article author Nondumiso Makhunga-Ramfolo, Project Director for URC's Counseling and Testing Project in South Africa
Date 
June 06, 2011
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