Uganda Couples HIV Counseling and Testing

HIV testing and counseling is central to Uganda’s HIV Control Programme and services have become increasingly available since 1990. Yet, only 11 - 13% had ever tested for HIV in 2004, according to the 2004/5 Sero-behavioural Survey, and even fewer knew the HIV status of their sexual partners.

According to the Modes of Transmission Analysis Report, 2009, 65% of new HIV infections in Uganda occur among married couples; which means that being married puts people at a higher risk of HIV infection than those who never married. Based on this evidence, the MoH, launched the national “Go Together, Know Together” couples HIV counseling and testing (CHCT) campaign in September 2009 to encourage married couples to get tested and counseled together.

The campaign involved training for service providers to offer couple HIV counseling and testing and promoted CHCT services by increasing HIV risk perception among married couples while strengthening their confidence to talk about HIV and go for testing and counseling as a couple, and by labelling and directing couples to service locations.

This toolkit provides program managers, HCT service providers, and other stakeholders with evidence-based information and  materials to guide strategic and successful implementation of couple HIV counseling and testing communication and demand creation activities.  In this toolkit, you will also find research, policies, and guidelines for implementation of CHCT programming.

The campaign was coordinated by the Ministry of Health with technical and financial support from the Health Communication Partnership, a project managed by Johns Hopkins University's Center for Communication Programs and funded by the United States Agency for International Development.

Toolkit last updated: September 27, 2012