HIV voluntary counseling and testing among injection drug users in south China: a study of a non-government organization based program

AIDS Behav. 2007 Sep;11(5):778-88. doi: 10.1007/s10461-007-9215-x. Epub 2007 Mar 9.


HIV voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) programs are usually delivered by government health agencies in China. This study examined the feasibility of using a Chinese non-government organization (NGO) to deliver a VCT program to injection drug users (IDUs) in a southern Chinese city. The process data indicated the program successfully recruited and served 226 male and female IDUs in 4 months. The HIV prevalence rate of the study population was 57.5% by rapid HIV testing with a secondary rapid test to confirm. Quantitative and qualitative evaluations indicated that the VCT program was implemented appropriately and participants' HIV knowledge and safe drug and sex practices were significantly improved after participation in the VCT program. This study demonstrates the feasibility of a Chinese NGO to provide VCT for IDUs and documents the processes and outcomes of the program. There remains a great need to find additional sources to provide VCT and other HIV prevention services to IDUs and other high-risk populations in China. Chinese NGOs have the potential to fill this need.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / prevention & control*
  • Adult
  • Catchment Area, Health
  • China / epidemiology
  • Counseling*
  • Culture
  • Female
  • HIV Seropositivity / epidemiology*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Program Development*
  • Public Sector*
  • Substance Abuse, Intravenous / epidemiology*
  • Volition*