Provider-Initiated HIV testing and counseling among patients with presumptive tuberculosis in Democratic Republic of Congo

Marcel Yotebieng, Landry Kipula Wenzi, Emmanuel Basaki, Marie Louise Batumbula, Martine Tabala, Eugenie Mungoyo, Richard Mangala, Frieda Behets

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INTRODUCTION: Provider-initiated HIV testing and counseling (PITC) of patients with presumptive tuberculosis (TB) is not widely implemented and the burden of HIV among them is not well characterized. We assessed the uptake of PITC and prevalence of HIV among patients with presumptive TB in primary care settings in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

METHODS: PITC was implemented in primary care TB clinics in Kinshasa and Kisangani, respectively. In each of the clinics, all patients presenting with cough lasting more than two weeks or any other symptom suggestive of TB were offered HIV testing and counseling and those found to be HIV+ were linked to HIV care and treatment.

RESULTS: Between November 2011 and June 2013, 43,145 patients with presumptive TB were registered in 65 clinics in Kinshasa of whom 84.0% were counseled; 92.4% of those counseled were tested and 4,320 (12.9%) were found to be HIV+. Similarly, in Kisangani, of the 6,687 patients with presumptive TB were registered in 13 clinics, 80.5% were counseled; 99.3% were tested for HIV and 619 (11.6%) were found to be HIV+.

CONCLUSION: Implementation of PITC among patients with presumptive TB in primary care clinics was associated with high uptake of HIV testing and identification of high number of HIV+ patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages1
JournalThe Pan African medical journal
Volume25
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Democratic Republic of the Congo
Counseling
Tuberculosis
HIV
Primary Health Care
Cough

Keywords

  • DR Congo
  • HIV prevalence
  • PITC
  • Presumptive tuberculosis

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  • Medicine(all)

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Provider-Initiated HIV testing and counseling among patients with presumptive tuberculosis in Democratic Republic of Congo. / Yotebieng, Marcel; Wenzi, Landry Kipula; Basaki, Emmanuel; Batumbula, Marie Louise; Tabala, Martine; Mungoyo, Eugenie; Mangala, Richard; Behets, Frieda.

In: The Pan African medical journal, Vol. 25, 01.01.2016.

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Yotebieng, Marcel ; Wenzi, Landry Kipula ; Basaki, Emmanuel ; Batumbula, Marie Louise ; Tabala, Martine ; Mungoyo, Eugenie ; Mangala, Richard ; Behets, Frieda. / Provider-Initiated HIV testing and counseling among patients with presumptive tuberculosis in Democratic Republic of Congo. In: The Pan African medical journal. 2016 ; Vol. 25.
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