HIV Testing among Africans in London
An important goal for current sexual health interventions is to reduce the proportion of undiagnosed HIV infection in the UK by promoting HIV Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) in innovative and targeted ways. In particular, there is a need to increase the uptake of VCT among people of sub-Saharan African origin living in the UK, the second largest group affected by HIV after men who have sex with men.
Audrey Prost has conducted preliminary work to identify promising interventions in this field, and is currently investigating two models for delivering HIV VCT. The first is a community-based and run VCT service designed in partnership with African community organisations, while the second is a model for offering rapid near-patient HIV testing in London GP surgeries.
Prost A, Griffiths CJ, Anderson J, Wight D, Hart GJ. Feasibility and acceptability of offering rapid HIV tests to patients registering with primary care in London (UK): a pilot study. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2009;85:326-9.pubmed
Prost A, Elford J, Imrie J, Petticrew M, Hart G. Social, behavioural, and intervention research among people of Sub-Saharan African origin living with HIV in the UK and Europe: literature review and recommendations for intervention. AIDS & Behavior 2008;12:170-94pubmed
Prost A, Chopin C, McOwan A, Elam G, Dodds J, Macdonald N, Imrie J. 'There is such a thing as asking for trouble' taking rapid HIV testing to gay venues is fraught with challenges. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2007;83:185-8pubmed
Prost A, Sseruma W S, Fakoya I, Arthur G, Taegtmeyer M, Njeri A, Fakoya A, Imrie J. HIV voluntary counselling and testing for African communities in London: learning from experiences in Kenya. Sexually Transmitted Infections 2007;83:547-551pubmed
Prost A. A review of research among Black African communities affected by HIV in the UK and Europe: a scoping review. MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit Occasional Paper no. 15, Glasgow, 2005