This brief describes how screening for alcohol abuse and hosting long-term support groups through HIV testing and counseling centers (HTC) is one way to decrease high-risk sexual and alcohol behaviors among people who have tested for HIV. Findings from program activities funded by Population Council, Liverpool VCT and Support for Addiction Prevention and Treatment in Africa Center (SAPTA) found that screening HTC clients for alcohol abuse and referral to active support and counseling services is feasible. Follow up using SMS is also recommended. However, the lack of a control group in this study may hinder drawing direct causality between the intervention and the changes observed in participants.
"Integrating alcohol risk reduction into HTC services," APHIA II Operations Research Project in Kenya OR Summary. Nairobi: Population Council, 2011.
AIDS, Population, and Health Integrated Assistance (APHIA II) Operations Research Project