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Influence of Customized Demand Generation as a Strategy to Increase Uptake of Voluntary Counseling and Testing Services amongst Sex Workers in Mumbai and Thane

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Background: To demonstrate that customized demand generation leads to increased voluntary HIV counseling and testing (VCT) among Sex Workers (SWs). Methods: FHI 360 Aastha implemented Vivek intervention among SWs in Mumbai and Thane, India using customized demand generation through outreach services for VCT. Program monitoring data and integrated counseling and testing center tracking sheets were used to assess the intervention effect. Results: Higher proportion of registered SWs tested during: 1) Vivek months than other months (17% vs. 5%, p < 0.001); 2) Post-initiation non-Vivek months than pre-Vivek months (4.7%, vs. 1.5% p < 0.001). Conclusions: Customized demand generation approach is successful in increasing HIV testing.

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Bhardwaj, S. , Ramesh, S. and Gaikwad, S. (2014) Influence of Customized Demand Generation as a Strategy to Increase Uptake of Voluntary Counseling and Testing Services amongst Sex Workers in Mumbai and Thane. World Journal of AIDS, 4, 139-147. doi: 10.4236/wja.2014.42018.

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