• PI: Lucia Knight
  • Funder: NIH through Human Sciences Research Council
  • Dates: 01/05/2014 - 30/04/2016

Project Summary

The study goal is to develop an intervention for family-based approach to HIV Counselling and Testing (that provides testing, counseling and linkage to care and supports family members with disclosure, fosters inter-generational discussion about HIV and increases support and health promotion among families affected by HIV). Formative qualitative research was conducted with key informants, community stakeholders and focus group discussions with children and adolescents to assess their needs, concerns and perspectives on a family-based/HBCT model. A systematic review of the relevant literature regarding testing of families, encouraging family disclosure and family-based interventions was conducted. The results from this first phase have been synthesized and used to adapt the current HBCT model for working with families. In the second phase of the research the family-based HBCT model has been piloted. A combination of quantitative and qualitative research methods were used to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of the model.  Lucia has been contributing to the development of survey materials, staff training, quality monitoring and quality assurance in the data collection aspects of the study.  She has also been supporting the analysis of the formative research and the adaptation of current HBCT models for a family-based approach.


Africa Centre for Population Studies, KwaZulu-Natal

School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape
Robert Sobukwe Road, Bellville 7535, Republic of South Africa
Tel: +27-21 - 959 2809 | Fax: +27- 21 - 959 2872 | Email: mppetersen@uwc.ac.za