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A Brief Review of Integrated Counseling and Testing Center in RajaRajeswari Medical College and Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Shashikala Manjunatha, Subramanian Aishwarya, Rangenahalli V Anuradha

Keywords : Human immunodeficiency virus positives, Integrated Counseling and Testing Center, Lower socioeconomic status

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-10045-0087

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Published Online: 01-10-2018

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Introduction: The National AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) Control Programme Phase four has envisaged the strengthening activities for prevention and control of AIDS through Integrated Counseling and Testing Center (ICTC)—a unit, where a person is counseled and tested for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) through direct access or by physician referral. For HIV/AIDS victims, ICTCs are nodal points for preventive, curative, and supportive services. Objective: To assess the patient's profile in an ICTC of a private medical college hospital in Bengaluru, India, during the years 2014 to 2017. Materials and methods: The study was conducted by record review and interviewing of patients attending ICTC of a private medical college hospital in Bengaluru. Statistical tests applied included univariate analysis and Chi-square test. Results: This study depicted the functions and utilization pattern of services from a hospital-based ICTC attached to a medical college, through public–private partnership. The brief details of clients attending ICTC are reflected here. Among the total patients of 46,152 for 3 years referred to ICTC, 265 were HIV positive. Conclusion: Here HIV positive cases are more among agriculturists and lower socioeconomic status persons, and sexual mode is the predominant mode of transmission.

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