Rapid Home-Based Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing to Reduce Costs in a Large Tuberculosis Cohort Study
TB, human immunodeficiency virus, rapid testing
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To reduce costs in a large tuberculosis household contact cohort study in Lima, Peru, we replaced laboratory-based human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) testing with home-based rapid HIV testing. We developed a protocol and training course to prepare staff for the new strategy; these included role-playing for home-based deployment of the Determine® HIV 1/2 Ag/Ac Combo HIV test. Although the rapid HIV test produced more false-positives, the overall cost per participant tested, refusal rate and time to confirmatory HIV testing were lower with the home-based rapid testing strategy compared to the original approach. Rapid testing could be used in similar research or routine care settings.
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Citation / Publisher Attribution
Public Health Action, v. 3, no. 2, p. 172-174
Scholar Commons Citation
Galea, Jerome T.; Contreras, Carmen C.; Lecca, Leonid; Shin, S.; Lobatón, R.; Calderón, Roger; Murray, Megan B.; and Becerra, Mercedes C., "Rapid Home-Based Human Immunodeficiency Virus Testing to Reduce Costs in a Large Tuberculosis Cohort Study" (2013). Social Work Faculty Publications. 67.