Predictors of linkage to care following community-based HIV counselling and testing in rural Kenya

Abigail M. Hatcher, Janet M. Turan, Hannah H. Leslie, Lucy W. Kanya, Zachary Kwena, Malory O. Johnson, Starley B. Shade, Elizabeth A. Bukusi, Alexandre Doyen, Craig R. Cohen AIDS and Behaviour, 2012; Vol. 16, No. 5 Download publication free until end of July 2012

This paper argues that social and structural issues should form a central part of engaging newly-diagnosed individuals in HIV care and treatment. The study focuses on the social and structural predictors of linkage to HIV care in Kenya. 'Linkage to care' is the moment when a person living with HIV enrols at a clinic, ideally within 3-6 months of learning that they are HIV-positive.

The study shows that among newly-diagnosed men and women, social stigma and fear of partner violence were barriers to timely linkage to care. Notably, men and women who were visited by a peer-counselor were much more likely to link to care over time.

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