Number of pregnant women aged 15 and older who received testing and counselling in the past 12 months and received their results
Programmatic progress for testing and counselling Tracking the number of individuals who are tested and counselled and know their status provides an indication of uptake of T&C in the country.
Knowledge of HIV status is critical for access to HIV treatment, care and support, and prevention. There are different models for delivery of the testing and counselling services such as VCT and PITC. The essential elements of TC,
Program service statistics compiled from routine reports of the number of people tested and know the results from all service points, including VCT sites, clinics, hospitals, and NGO outreach points, etc., (excluding mandatory T&C) which are often aggregated at the district levels and subsequently at the national level. This indicator is not measured through population-based surveys.
This indicator permits comparison of trends of the quantity of TC services delivered and the strength of scaling up TC services over time.
This indicator will provide information on the number of times T&C occurred, and not necessarily the number of people who received T&C services unless countries have a mechanism to avoid double-counting of repeat testers.
The indicator does not provide information on whether those who were tested were adequately referred to and receiving follow-up services to benefit from knowing their status.
To know the number of tests conducted in the country, can compare with previous years to look at trends while considering the percentage of the population that may have already been tested recently. It can be useful to explore any patterns in testing, for example whether there were more tests conducted in a particular
season or month when there were campaigns, or whether many more people are being tested in particular health facilities or in the communities.
Additional considerations for countries
In some countries, a significant proportion of testing and counselling services are provided by community-based organizations or unregistered organizations, which often may not be included as part of national statistics. These organizations should be encouraged to register with national authorities so all data on testing and counselling could be reflected in the national statistics.