Frontiers in HIV Research

Volume: 2

Integration of HIV Services into Primary Health Care (PHC) System

Author(s): SeyedAhmad SeyedAlinaghi, Hossein Malekafzali Ardakani, Hamid Emadi Koochak, Mona Mohammadi Firouzeh, Ghobad Moradi and Minoo Mohraz

Pp: 279-296 (18)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681082554116020023

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Various factors should be considered when deciding whether integration of HIV/AIDS services into Primary Health Care (PHC) would be beneficial or not. Many studies have stated the necessity of integrating HIV/AIDS programs and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in PHC and the positive impacts of this integration on a number of PHC goals; however, lack of a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system makes it difficult to assess the efficiency of the integration into PHC. Considering the scale-up of care and treatment for HIV/AIDS in developing countries, there is increased debate that intensified attention to HIV programs may lead to declines in delivery of other PHC services.

Overall most evidences establish that integrated services can exert a positive effect on client satisfaction, leading to improved access to component services, and reduced HIV stigma, and also these are cost-effective. Key aspects of integration programs include: co-location of services, provision of effective substance use treatment, cross-training of care providers, and provision of enhanced monitoring of drug-drug interactions. Key components in implementing this agenda will be fostering the political tendency to fund infrastructure and service delivery, expanding street-level outreach services to injection drug users, and training community health workers able to cost effectively delivering these services.

Keywords: AIDS, Decentralization, HIV, Integration, Prevention, Primary Health Care (PHC), Service delivery, Stigma, Substance use, Treatment and Care.

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