Health Communication’s Role Across the HIV Treatment Continuum

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    Profile photo of Jenna Groman Jenna Groman 

    I’m looking forward to the webinar and discussion!

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    Profile photo of Beth Mallalieu Beth Mallalieu 

    Thanks to all who joined us for the webinar. If you’d like to read the full manuscripts for Renee’s, Amrita’s and Carrie’s presentations you can find them here:

    Counseling Framework for HIV-Serodiscordant Couples on the Integrated Use of Antiretroviral Therapy and Pre-exposure Prophylaxis for HIV Prevention

    Using mHealth for HIV/TB Treatment Support in Lesotho: Enhancing Patient–Provider Communication in the START Study –

    Potential Impact of Integrated Stigma Mitigation Interventions in Improving HIV/AIDS Service Delivery and Uptake for Key Populations in Senegal –


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    Profile photo of Lynn Van Lith Lynn Van Lith 

    Thanks for sharing the presentations, Beth.

    I have a question for Renee and am wondering if the team of providers faced any challenges when the discordant couples were identified in terms of one partner being reluctant to start ART (or PrEP) and how the providers navigated these issues. It was also surprising in some ways that many couples came in together for counseling so am curious how that was encouraged as well.

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      Profile photo of Renee Heffron Renee Heffron 

      Thanks for your questions!  Yes, in some instances people were reluctant to starting ART, in line with the usual amount of ART reluctance reported in the literature. Personal and structural barriers let to these difficulties.  In these instances, providers discussed ART at every encounter with participants to encourage them to start.

      Couples came in together through advertisements and referrals for couples-based HIV testing and counseling.  Most of the couples were tested together in regular VCT/HTC centers and then referred to the research site once their discordance was discovered.  Couples-based counseling programs are promoted in many HIV prevention programs in Kenya and Uganda.

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    Profile photo of Chris Sanctus Okereke Chris Sanctus Okereke 

    Thank you, Beth, for sharing the content of the webinar. It gives some of us who lost that chance the opportunity to catch up with the content. However, I expect that the video will be uploaded at some point for access. I will share my views when I go through the contents. However, going forward I expect a discussion on the recent testing of HIV vaccine in South Africa. It is an opportunity the world has been waiting and we will like to follow up on it as it evolves. It is important to start early to synthesise and formulate an SBCC perspective to the whole process.

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