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Assisted partner services (APS) involves offering persons with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) assistance notifying and testing their sex partners. Assisted partner services is rarely available in sub-Saharan Africa. We instituted a pilot APS program in Maputo, Mozambique.  Between June and September 2014, community health workers (CHWs) offered APS to persons with newly diagnosed HIV (index patients [IPs]). Community health workers interviewed IPs at baseline, 4 and 8 weeks. At baseline, CHWs counseled IPs to notify partners and encourage their HIV testing, but did not notify partners directly. At 4 weeks, CHWs notified partners directly. We compared 4- and 8-week outcomes to estimate the impact of APS on partner notification, HIV testing and HIV case. Assisted partner services resulted in the notification of 22 additional partners, testing of 83 partners and 43 new HIV diagnoses. In relative terms, APS increased partner notification, testing, and HIV case finding by 13%, 101%, and 125%. The study found that assisted partner services is acceptable to Mozambicans newly diagnosed with HIV, identifies large numbers of serodiscordant partnerships and persons with undiagnosed HIV, and poses a low risk of adverse events.


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