Uthando Lwethu (‘our love’): a protocol for a couples-based intervention to increase testing for HIV

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Darbes, L. A., van Rooyen, H., Hosegood, V., Ngubane, T., Johnson, M. O., Fritz, K. et al.

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A Randomized Controlled Trial in Rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

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15, 64


Couples-based HIV counseling and testing (CHCT) is a proven strategy to reduce the risk of HIV transmission between partners, but uptake of CHCT is low. In this article a study using  a randomized controlled trial (RCT) aimed to increase participation in CHCT and reduce sexual risk behavior for HIV among heterosexual couples in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was found that improving rates of CHCT has the potential to improve health outcomes for heterosexual couples in a rural area of South Africa that is highly impacted by HIV.