AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 16, Issue 5, pp 1227–1237 | Cite as

NIMH Project Accept (HPTN 043) HIV/AIDS Community Mobilization (CM) to Promote Mobile HIV Voluntary Counseling and Testing (MVCT) in Rural Communities in Northern Thailand: Modifications by Experience

  • Surinda Kawichai
  • David Celentano
  • Kriengkrai Srithanaviboonchai
  • Monjun Wichajarn
  • Kanokporn Pancharoen
  • Chonlisa Chariyalertsak
  • Surasing Visrutaratana
  • Gertrude Khumalo-Sakutukwa
  • Michael Sweat
  • Suwat Chariyalertsak
  • and The Project Accept Study Team
Original Paper

Abstract

Project Accept is a RCT designed to test the efficacy of community mobilization (CM), mobile voluntary counseling and testing (MVCT), and post-test support services (PTSS) in reducing HIV incidence in three African countries and Thailand. The intervention started in rural areas, northern Thailand in January 2006. CM initially included door-to-door visits during the daytime, small group discussions and joining organized meetings and followed by MVCT. In February 2007, CM strategy using HIV/AIDS “edutainment” (education and entertainment) during evening hours was introduced. After edutainment was initiated, the number of participants increased substantially. VCT uptake increased from 18 to 28 persons/day on average (t test; t = 7.87 P < 0.0001). Edutainment especially motivated younger people, as the median age of VCT clients decreased from 38 to 35 years old (median test; z = 6.74, P < 0.0001). Providing free MVCT in community settings along with edutainment during evening hours increased VCT uptake and was particularly attractive to younger adults.

Keywords

HIV Community mobilization Mobile VCT Thailand 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Surinda Kawichai
    • 1
    • 2
  • David Celentano
    • 1
  • Kriengkrai Srithanaviboonchai
    • 2
  • Monjun Wichajarn
    • 2
  • Kanokporn Pancharoen
    • 2
  • Chonlisa Chariyalertsak
    • 3
  • Surasing Visrutaratana
    • 3
  • Gertrude Khumalo-Sakutukwa
    • 4
  • Michael Sweat
    • 5
  • Suwat Chariyalertsak
    • 2
  • and The Project Accept Study Team
  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology, Bloomberg School of Public HealthJohns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreUSA
  2. 2.Research Institute for Health SciencesChiang Mai UniversityChiang MaiThailand
  3. 3.Chiang Mai Public Health Office, Thai Ministry of Public HealthChiang MaiThailand
  4. 4.Department of Medicine, School of MedicineUniversity of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA
  5. 5.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA

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