Community HIV Testing: Too Expensive to Continue?
Millions of people receive HIV testing every year; however, the testing modalities used to find positive cases vary widely among donors and their testing partners. Although community testing approaches are generally more expensive than facility-based approaches, country context and resource availability dictate that both testing methods are used to reach all those possibly living with HIV. In order to understand the full cost of reaching a positive, this USAID-led costing study investigated total stakeholder (including Global Fund, Domestic Government and other funding streams) investment in HIV testing across partners working at the facility and community level in Kenya and Tanzania. By examining primary cost drivers and testing modalities, this study aims to find where joint resource contributions yield the greatest positive test results.