HIV/AIDS

Call for case studies of HIV partner notification programmes

HIV partner notification

3 June 2016 – The World Health Organization (WHO) is updating its “Consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services”, to develop additional guidance on HIV self-testing and voluntary HIV partner notification services.

To support this work, we are seeking examples from programmes that have successfully implemented HIV partner notification services among general or key population groups. These examples will demonstrate various approaches to service delivery implemented in a wide range of settings. Similar case studies were also developed for the previous guidelines, as published in the guidelines and annex.

What are HIV partner notification services?

HIV partner notification services are a voluntary process where a person diagnosed with HIV is encouraged to voluntarily disclose their status and notify their partner(s). Their partner(s) can then be confidentially contacted and offered voluntary HIV testing services, prevention, treatment and care.

Some examples of HIV partner notification services are:

  • passive referral – when a HIV-positive person is encouraged to voluntarily disclose their status, notify their partner(s) and encourage them to get tested for HIV;
  • contract referral – when a HIV-positive person is encouraged to voluntarily disclose their status, notify their partner(s) and encourage them to get tested for HIV. If the partner does not get tested by a certain date, a health worker confidentially contacts the partner directly;
  • dual referral – when a HIV-positive person and health worker jointly notify the partner(s) and encourage them to get tested for HIV with direct permission from the HIV-positive client; and
  • provider referral – when a health worker confidentially notifies the partner(s) and encourages them to get tested for HIV with direct permission from their HIV-positive client.

How will the case studies be used?

Successful case studies of HIV partner notification programmes may be included in the upcoming “Consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services”, currently planned for release in December 2016.

Case studies should not exceed 1–2 pages, including photos. The deadline for submissions is 31 July 2016. If you have any questions or would like to submit a case study, please email htscase@gmail.com.