Overcoming the barriers and challenges to HIV testing

Introduction

The exercise is the partner to Assess your team: What stops us from testing for HIV?

In that session, your clinical team identified possible barriers and challenges to HIV testing that might affect them. These were listed on a flip chart and you cannot do this exercise without that list.

Helping your team overcome the barriers to testing is the single most important step in changing practice. See the evidence.

Some of the barriers you may have already addressed. For example those that are to do with the patient (‘I didn’t know I could get an HIV test at my practice‘I am not sure my practice would be confidential’) were addressed through the Feel Free to Ask team exercise (along with completion of the consequent actions!).

Here we aim to help teams address the other barriers to testing.

You will first be asked to group the barriers identified by your team (and identify any barriers you cannot group). Then you will be asked to make a judgment as to which are the most important barriers, or groups of barriers, for your clinical team to address. Then you will be able to select which exercises you wish to run.

Go to the exercise!

Did you know...

The transmission of HIV from an HIV-positive mother to her child during pregnancy, delivery or breastfeeding can be reduced to levels below 1% with effective interventions in developed countries, and to below 4% in resource poor settings (UNAIDS).

In resource poor settings mothers with HIV are advised to breast feed as the risks from bottle feeding in that environment are higher than the risk of HIV transmission.

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