Centralized HIV Testing Facilities Might Decrease Time To Results, Increase Patient Follow-Up, Study In Mozambique Shows
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“…[I]n Mozambique, [Jérémie Gallien, a professor at the London Business School,] with co-authors Sarang Deo and Jónas Oddur Jónasson, found a surprising answer. To speed the return of [HIV] test results, they recommended that testing facilities, instead of dispersed, be highly centralized. While slightly slowing average sample transportation times, the added efficiency in test processing would more than make up for it. … When test results took more than 30 days, babies’ mothers were much less likely to come back to get their results — or treatment…” (Morris, 12/14).