Local residents trained as 'influence agents' most effective in persuading african couples on HIV counseling and testing

Barrot Hopkins Lambdin, William Kanweka, Mubiana Inambao, Lawrence Mwananyanda, Heena Dinesh Shah, Sabriya Linton, Frank Wong, Nicole Luisi, Amanda Tichacek, James Kalowa

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Abstract

Couples in sub-Saharan Africa are the largest group in the world at risk for HIV infection. Couples counseling and testing programs have been shown to reduce HIV transmission, but such programs remain rare in Africa. Before couples counseling and testing can become the norm, it is essential to increase demand for the services. We evaluated the effectiveness of several promotional strategies during a two-year program in Kitwe and Ndola, Zambia. The program attracted more than 7,600 couples through the use of radio broadcasts, billboards, and other strategies. The most effective recruiting technique was the use of local residents trained as "influence agents" to reach out to friends, neighbors, and others in their sphere of influence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1488-1497
Number of pages10
JournalHealth Affairs
Volume30
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011

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Lambdin, B. H., Kanweka, W., Inambao, M., Mwananyanda, L., Shah, H. D., Linton, S., Wong, F., Luisi, N., Tichacek, A., & Kalowa, J. (2011). Local residents trained as 'influence agents' most effective in persuading african couples on HIV counseling and testing. Health Affairs, 30(8), 1488-1497. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2009.0994