Home-Based Counseling and Testing Program for HIV

Testing people before they are obviously ill—and before they have infected their partners—will not only move more infected people into treatment earlier, when the treatment can be most effective, but it will also prevent thousands of persons from becoming HIV-positive in the first place.

Perpetual Home-Based Counseling and Testing Program in Kenya

AMPATH is targeting a population of 2 million people extending from cities to the most remote villages in western Kenya. AMPATH has developed a new model called Perpetual Home-based Counseling and Testing (PHCT). In this model AMPATH assigns each PHCT counselor to their own designated location. PHCT counselors take responsibility for linking those found to be HIV+ with care. With PHCT, AMPATH has a better knowledge of HIV prevalence, can monitor the impact of its interventions, help reduce the loss to follow up and can ensure care and treatment for the long term. Nearly one million people were reached through the PHCT program.

Partnership objectives:

  • Expand and increase access to HIV testing, and treatment and other health services for up to 2 million people in western Kenya, a remote region where access to healthcare is difficult.
  • Improve public health systems and health outcomes with range of infectious and non-communicable diseases in western Kenya through Perpetual Home-Based Counseling and Testing (PHCT).


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Key Information

LocationEastern Africa, Kenya
  • Start Date 2009