What is it about?

Couples HIV testing and counselling is one of HIV testing approaches targeted people who are in an ongoing sexual relationship. Many countries in Sub-Sharan Africa are providing the service to increase HIV test uptake among people who are in an ongoing sexual relationship. This paper examined evidence if people who are using these services, and variation in service use across population and studies characteristics.

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Why is it important?

The finding shows that individuals who are in an ongoing stable heterosexual relationship in Sub-Saharan African countries are cautious of undertaking HIV testing with their sexual partner. The number of people who are using the services is sub-optimal. This is important in informing HIV testing policies and service provision at the facility level to provide better services that acknowledge individuals' circumstances and context.


I hope this article encourages discussion and trigger further research regarding possible ways to provide HIV testing services to people who are in a stable ongoing sexual relationship.

Tewodros Hailemariam
University of New South Wales

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This page is a summary of: Uptake of couples HIV testing and counselling among heterosexual couples in Sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review and meta-analysis, AIDS Care, May 2019, Taylor & Francis, DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2019.1619667.
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