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.

@article{Strasser2012IntroductionOR,
  title={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.},
  author={Susan Strasser and Edward Bitarakwate and Michelle Ann Gill and Heather J. Hoffman and Othiniel Musana and Anne Phiri and Katharine D. Shelley and Tabitha L Sripipatana and Alexander Tshaka Ncube and Namwinga T Chintu},
  journal={Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes},
  year={2012},
  volume={61 3},
  pages={e40-6}
}
BACKGROUND 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. METHODS 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. RESULTS… CONTINUE READING