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Katelyn Rittenhouse, MD

Training Years: 2017-2018

Training Site: University of Zambia

Country: Zambia

Mentors: Wilbroad Mutale, MBChB, PhD; Ben Chi, MD, MSc

Title: A formative study to increase partner HIV testing during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Project Objectives: Increased rates of partner HIV testing are needed to improve HIV prevention among pregnant and breastfeeding women, including prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT). Through identification of HIV status of both the pregnant woman and her partner, public health interventions can be customized to better target specific at-risk groups to reduce HIV transmission.

Aim 1: To study community and health care worker perceptions of partner HIV testing during pregnancy and breastfeeding, including novel strategies to increase coverage and access of services

Aim 2: To evaluate a small pilot study of choice-based partner HIV testing that may include partner referral letters, community-based testing, or home-based self-testing

NIH Support: Fogarty scholars doctoral training award

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