ProTEST is an initiative which addresses the dual epidemic of HIV and TB through improved collaboration between services for HIV and TB and by supporting and/or providing a package of care for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH). It uses voluntary counselling and testing (VCT) as an entry point for provision of care and prevention services for HIV and TB. Within the VCT service clients are screened for STIs, all HIV-infected people are screened for active TB. People with suspected active TB are referred to the national TB services, others are offered isoniazid preventive therapy [PT]. Additionally, clients are given information on services for PLWH, such as: the ProTEST clinic, a weekly clinic for HIV-infected individuals; post-test club; youth friendly services (YFS); hospice; home based care; etc.
The background to and the methods and key findings of a study looking at the cost-effectiveness of ProTEST Zambia core components: ProTEST co-ordination, VCT, PT, outreach, ProTEST clinic, are presented.
BRIEFING NOTES Issue No 000004 January 2003. TB Knowledge Programme, UK. 2 pp.