Voluntary counseling and testing by nurse counselors: What is the role of routine repeated testing after a negative result?


Matambo, R; Dauya, E; Mutswanga, J; Makanza, E; Chandiwana, S; Mason, PR; Butterworth, AE; Corbett, EL; (2006) Voluntary counseling and testing by nurse counselors: What is the role of routine repeated testing after a negative result? Clinical infectious diseases, 42 (4). pp. 569-571. ISSN 1058-4838 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1086/499954

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Abstract

Three hundred eighty-eight human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) - negative clients in Zimbabwe were retested at 3 months using 2 parallel rapid tests. One operator error ( risk, 0.26%; 95% confidence interval, 0.0065% - 1.4%) and no "true" seroconversions ( upper 95% confidence limit, 0.96%) were detected. High-risk behavior was not significantly reduced. Policies recommending routine retesting need to be reconsidered.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
PubMed ID: 16421803
Web of Science ID: 234742800020
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/12135

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