Uptake of HIV testing services through ,ovel community-based sexual and reproductive health services: an analysis of the pilot implementation phase of the Yathu Yathu intervention for adolescents and young people aged 15-24 in Lusaka, Zambia

B. Hensen, M. Phiri, A. Schaap, L. Sigande, M. Simwinga, S. Floyd, S. Belemu, M. Simuyaba, K. Shanaube, S. Fidler, R. Hayes, H. M. Ayles

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Adolescents and young people aged 15-24 are underserved by available HIV-testing services (HTS). Delivering HTS through community-based, peer-led, hubs may prove acceptable and accessible to adolescents and young people, thus increasing HIV-testing coverage. We used data from the pilot phase of a cluster-randomised trial of community-based sexual and reproductive health services for adolescents and young people in Lusaka, Zambia, between September 2019 and January 2020, to explore factors associated with uptake of HTS through community-based hubs. 5,757 adolescents and young people attended the hubs (63% female), among whom 75% tested for HIV (76% of females, 75% of males). Community-based hubs provided HTS to 80% of adolescents and young people with no history of HIV-testing. Among females, uptake of HTS was lower among married/cohabiting females; among males, uptake was lower among unmarried males and among individuals at risk of hazardous alcohol use. The high number of adolescents and young people accessing hubs for HIV testing suggests they are acceptable. Enhanced targeting of HTS to groups who may not perceive their HIV risk needs to be implemented.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)172-182
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • HIV testing
  • HIV infection
  • Adolescents and young people
  • Zambia
  • MEN

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