Couples-based interventions are essential for the HIV epidemic control. Peru has recently incorporated the recommendation of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) for serodiscordant couples to the national guideline; however, there is scarse national literature about HIV couples. This study was executed in a Peruvian referral hospital, and describes the health care delivery of partners of people living with HIV (PLWH) under routine conditions, with special focus on partner’s HIV testing and follow-up.
Methods: We included multiple databases of PLWH belonging to the HIV program of a referral hospital over a ten year period (2005-2014), including only those subjects with a unique partner. We described the prevalence of baseline and follow-up HIV testing in partners of PLWH and the situations under they were identified and tested.
Results: We found 1415 PLWH with a unique partner. Prevalence of HIV testing in those partners was 30%, with a trend to decrease over time and only 35% of negative partners had follow-up testing. A subgroup of partners were tested under conditions that can be considered late such as 12 months after the diagnosis of the PLWH (23%) or with a CD4 count < 350 cells/ml within 6 months of the diagnosis (24%).
Conclusion: In routine conditions, health care provision for partners of PLWH is suboptimal and must be strengthened to consolidate the early identification of HIV infections and health care delivery for this group in Peru.
D. Hoces, None
E. Gonzalez, None
E. Gotuzzo, None
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