National policy in India recommends HIV testing of all patients with TB.
In West Bengal state, only 28% of patients with TB were tested for HIV
between April-June, 2010. The authors conducted a cross-sectional survey
to understand patient, provider and health system related factors
associated with low uptake of HIV testing among patients with TB.
The study reviewed TB and HIV program records to assess the HIV testing
status of patients registered for anti-TB treatment from July-September
2010 in South-24-Parganas district, West Bengal, assessed availability
of HIV testing kits and interviewed a random sample of patients with TB
Bishnu, B.; Bhaduri, S.; Kumar, AMV.; Click, ES.; Chadha, VK.; Srinath, S.; Nair, SA.; Gupta, D.; Ahmed, QT.; Sarkar, S.; Paul, D.; Dewan, P. What Are the Reasons for Poor Uptake of HIV Testing among Patients with TB in an Eastern India District? PLoS ONE (2013) 8 (3) e55229. [DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0055229]
What are the reasons for poor uptake of HIV testing among patients with TB in an Eastern India District?