Study in Botswana in 2006

Community views about HIV testing and anti-retroviral treatment


A CIET field worker conducts an interview for the survey

In 2006, CIET conducted a household survey of 1536 people in a stratified random sample of communities across Botswana, asking about use and experience of government health services, views about ART, and testing for HIV in the previous 12 months. Focus groups further discussed issues about ART.

Public awareness and approval of RHT was very high. The high rate of RHT has contributed to the overall high rate of HIV testing in Botswana. The government’s programme to increase HIV testing and uptake of ART was apparently working well.

See: Cockcroft A, Andersson N, Milne D, Mokoena T, Masisi M. Community views about routine HIV testing and antiretroviral treatment in Botswana: signs of progress from a cross sectional study. BMC International Health and Human Rights, 2007, 7:5. Available from:

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