One of the limited number of strategies available to reduce the spread of human immunodeficiency virus( HIV) infections in sub-Saharan Africa is the effective treatment of other, curable, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). At present, a large proportion of people with STDs either treat themselves at home or seek treatment from private sector practitioners (PSPs) rather than use publicly funded services. A randomized controlled trial of the efficacy of a behavioural intervention with or without improved STD services was carried out in Masaka, a rural area of south-western Uganda. The trial involved three groups, each covering six parishes.
Health Policy and Planning (2001) 16 (1) 35-40 [doi:10.1093/heapol/16.1.35]