To improve HIV and Hepatitis C case identification and linkage them to treatment, the study of community-led HIV and Hepatitis C screening through peer led approach, was conducted in Chitwan, Kaski, Kathmandu, and Valley of Nepal. The study was implemented by Save the Children International and the National Association of People Living with HIV and AIDS in Nepal.
The study was operational research and implemented from 2018 to December 2020 in five districts of Nepal. The sample was 1,000 people who inject drugs [PWIDs] to be screened for HIV and HCV at their convenient community-led screening was done from September to December 2020 through mobilizing peers at strategic locations of the study sites. Three demonstration sites were established from where HIV confirmatory tests, counseling, and blood sample collections for HCV RNA were offered. According to the national algorithm for HIV test, Determine test for HIV and WHO qualified SD Bioline for HCV RDT and result of screening test were recorded through
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