Correlation Engine 2.0
Clear Search sequence regions

  • case (4)
  • clients (1)
  • community (4)
  • counselors (4)
  • help (1)
  • humans (1)
  • living (2)
  • peer group (1)
  • Sizes of these terms reflect their relevance to your search.

    To help persons living with HIV (PLHIV) in Eswatini initiate antiretroviral therapy (ART), the CommLink case-management program provided a comprehensive package of linkage services delivered by HIV-positive, peer counselors. Of 1250 PLHIV participants aged ≥ 15 years diagnosed in community settings, 75% reported one or more barriers to care (e.g., fearing stigmatization). Peer counselors helped resolve 1405 (65%) of 2166 identified barriers. During Test and Treat (October 2016-September 2018), the percentage of participants who initiated ART and returned for ≥ 1 antiretroviral refills was 92% overall (759/824); 99% (155/156) among participants without any identified barriers; 96% (544/564) among participants whose counselors helped resolve all or all but one barrier; and 58% (59/102) among participants who had ≥ 2 unresolved barriers to care. The success of CommLink is attributed, at least in part, to peer counselors who helped their clients avoid or at least temporarily resolve many well-known barriers to HIV care.


    Duncan MacKellar, Daniel Williams, Makhosazana Dlamini, Johnita Byrd, Lenhle Dube, Phumzile Mndzebele, Sikhathele Mazibuko, Ishani Pathmanathan, Endale Tilahun, Caroline Ryan. Overcoming Barriers to HIV Care: Findings from a Peer-Delivered, Community-Based, Linkage Case Management Program (CommLink), Eswatini, 2015-2018. AIDS and behavior. 2021 May;25(5):1518-1531

    Expand section icon Mesh Tags

    Expand section icon Substances

    PMID: 32780187

    View Full Text