What is the problem?
Index testing and partner notification is a core intervention used to efficiently and effectively identify HIV-positive individuals. However, tools that helped ensure index testing programs were implemented with appropriate quality, scale, and fidelity were not readily available.
What is the tool?
The following Job Aids (ppt) lists 6 recommended steps to follow when implementing the Index and Partner Notification Testing Toolkit. These are:
Step 1: Use Talking Points & Scripts for Index Testing Services (doc) to introduce partner/family testing to the index client and complete the Index Client Information Form (page 1 of Tools for Documenting & Monitoring Partner Notification Services (doc)).
Step 2: Use the Partner/Child Elicitation Form (page 2 of Tools for Documenting & Monitoring Partner Notification Services (doc)) to record partner(s)' names and contact information.
Step 3: Use the Partner Information Form (pages 3-4 of Tools for Documenting & Monitoring Partner Notification Services (doc)) to document results of IPV screening and preferred partner notification method and/or child testing method.
Step 4: Determine preferred method of partner notification: client referral; contact referral; provider referral; or dual referral. Additional tips and scripts for the referral processes can be found in Patient Information & Handouts (doc).
Step 5: Contact all named partners using the preferred approach.
Step 6: Record partner notification outcomes on the Outcome of Testing Forms (pages 5-6 of Tools for Documenting & Monitoring Partner Notification Services (doc)).
Step 7: Provide appropriate services for children and seroconcordant/discordant partners based on HIV status.
All forms and documents listed above, along with other useful handouts, can be found in the Index Testing Handouts (doc).
Additional information regarding this toolkit and helpful case studies can be found in Partner & Family-Based Index Case Testing SOP Slides (ppt) and Case Studies for Index Testing (doc). Also, the following spreadsheets can be used when implementing Index and Partner Notification Testing: