Suriname: Rapid Testing Implementation a Tremendous Success (April 2007)

In Suriname, a same-visit rapid testing program employs a multi-sectoral approach to HIV counseling and testing, bringing together the country's Ministry of Health, the private sector, the community, and U.S. Government staff. PEPFAR supports the program by providing laboratory technical assistance during implementation.

Program activities include a media campaign to increase awareness that resulted in a significant increase in HIV testing between December 2005 and August 2006. According to counseling and testing staff, client satisfaction has improved and staff workload decreased since the implementation of same-visit testing. This program is a regional success story and can serve as a model for other Caribbean countries. U.S. Government interagency website managed by the Office of U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator
and the Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. State Department.
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