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Interventions for Increasing HIV Testing Uptake in Migrants: A Systematic Review of Evidence.

Interventions for Increasing HIV Testing Uptake in Migrants: A Systematic Review of Evidence.
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Aung E, Blondell SJ, Durham J,


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Aung E, Blondell SJ, Durham J,

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AIDS and behavior 2017 07 14() doi 10.1007/s10461-017-1833-3

Abstract

Migrants have been identified as being at greater risk for late HIV testing and diagnosis. Late diagnosis is of concern because timely diagnosis and initiation of treatment can both optimise health outcomes and reduce transmission. We reviewed and evaluated interventions that aimed to increase HIV testing uptake in migrant populations. Of 6511 papers retrieved, 10 met the inclusion criteria and were included in the review. Three types of interventions were identified (exposure to HIV prevention messages, HIV education programs, and direct offer of testing). All interventions were based on individual models of behaviour change targeting migrants or GPs. While important, interventions that also address broader health system and structural factors that contribute to late HIV-diagnosis in at-risk members of migrant populations are needed. Integrating PITC into existing primary healthcare settings shows promise of creating an enabling environment within patient-doctor relationships that can encourage HIV testing uptake among migrant populations.

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