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Integration of Prenatal Care with the Testing and Treatment of HIV and Syphilis

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This situation report was written for the first phase in Peru of the Latin American and Caribbean Initiative for the Integration of Prenatal Care with the Testing and Treatment of HIV and Syphilis. In August through November of 2008, the authors conducted interviews with representatives of the Peruvian health system. The interviews covered the following areas: the organization of the national programs for AIDS, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and prenatal care; the monitoring system for health services; treatment and prevention protocols (including those for prevention of motherto- child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and syphilis); the structure of the national laboratory network; the training of health care personnel in the administration of HIV tests, confidentiality agreements, and counseling for alternative treatments; the training of physicians in HIV treatment; the funding of HIV and syphilis prevention; and systems of insurance and user fees. Based on the compiled data, the authors generated this situation analysis report, whose principal aims are to identify strengths and weaknesses in the diagnosis and management of HIV and syphilis during pregnancy and to propose intervention areas for improving prenatal care as an entry point for testing and treatment of HIV and syphilis for women in Peru. The report investigates four areas. First it includes a summary of the health care system in Peru, a review of the technical guidelines for prenatal care, HIV, and syphilis, and a description of the relevant epidemiological data by region. Second, the report outlines weaknesses in the health system. Third, this report reviews some interventions successfully developed in Peru to integrate prenatal care with the testing and treatment of HIV and syphilis. Finally, the report presents the areas identified for strengthening the integration of prenatal care with the testing and treatment of HIV and syphilis in Peru. the report is written in both Spanish and English.

Publisher: Partners in Health
Language: English
Format: Web Page
Regions: Peru, Latin America
Audiences: Policymakers, Program Managers
Topic Areas: Perinatal Interventions, Opportunistic Infections & Associated Conditions, Monitoring and Evaluation , Primary Care of HIV Infected & Exposed Children
Resource Type: Research Summaries and Reviews