n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Provider-initiated counselling and testing (PICT) : an overview : overview
|Article Title||Provider-initiated counselling and testing (PICT) : an overview : overview|
|Journal||Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine|
|Author||Nondumiso Makhunga-Ramfolo, Thato Chidarikire, Thato Farirai and Refiloe Matji|
|Publication Date||Jun 2011|
|Pages||6 - 11|
|Keyword(s)||Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC-SA), National Department of Health and University Research Co.|
South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV in the world. Despite this, many South Africans do not know their HIV status and uptake of voluntary counselling 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 counselling and testing (HCT). Provider-initiated counselling 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 utilisation and acceptance of HCT services.
This article outlines the rationale for PICT as well as providing an overview of the implementation protocol that will equip health care providers with the knowledge required to integrate HCT into routine medical care.
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