The proportion of tuberculosis (TB) patients tested for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the state of Ra-jasthan, India, is limited by the availability of HIV testing facilities. Rajasthan implemented a policy of initiating TB-HIV diagnosis at all health institutions in July 2013. The number of TB diagnostic facilities increased from 33 to 63 in Banswara District and from 22 to 68 in Jhunjhunu District, while the number of HIV testing facilities in these districts increased from 1 to 53 and from 10 to 81, respectively, after the policy implementation. The proportion of TB patients tested for HIV increased by respectively 27% and 19%.
This research was supported by the UK Department for International Development’s Operational Research Capacity Building Programme led by the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union)
Sinha SK, Saxena A, Mishra V, Volkmann T, Kumar AMV., Nair SA, Moonan PK, Oeltmann JE, Chadha VK. Integration and decentralisation of TB-HIV services increases HIV testing of TB cases in Rajasthan, India. Public Health Action. 2017;7(1):71–3.
Integration and decentralisation of TB-HIV services increases HIV testing of TB cases in Rajasthan, India