Shout-It-Now: A Mobile HCT Model Employing Technology and Edutainment in South Africa

Joseph Daniels, Arnost Komarek, Bruce Forgreive, Kathryn Pahl, Stephen Stafford, Laurie Campbell Bruns, Thomas Coates

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Abstract

Background: Mobile HIV counseling and testing (HCT) has been effective in reaching men, women, and adolescents in South Africa. However, there is limited understanding of effective mobile HCT programs utilizing tools like technology and edutainment to increase HIV counseling and testing rates. The authors examine data from the Shout-It-Now (S-N) program that uses such tools in South Africa. Methods: The S-N program utilizes various forms of technology and ongoing telephonic counseling within a 6-step program of HIV testing and linkage-to-care support, and program data were analyzed over an 18-month period. Data were analyzed from women, men, and adolescent program participants. Summative statistics was conducted on participant registration, HIV risk assessment, and HIV testing profiles. HIV prevalence were estimated along with the related 95% confidence intervals using the Clopper-Pearson method. Results: Over an 18-month period, there were 72 220 program participants with high representation of men, women, and adolescents and 40% of the participants being men at each site. There were 3343 participants who tested HIV positive, and a higher proportion of women tested positive. Discussion: Integrating technology, quality assurance measures, and edutainment with mobile HCT has the potential to increase the number of those who test within communities. Research is needed to understand the effectiveness of this model in facilitating regular testing and linkage to care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)506-511
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • edutainment
  • HIV
  • mobile HCT
  • technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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