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HCT becomes HTS

In guidance issued by the Department of Health, HIV counselling and testing (HCT) will now be referred to as HIV testing services (HTS) to embrace the full range of services that should be provided together with HIV testing. The main entry point for the HIV continuum of care is through testing services, making this a central component of strategies to accelerate universal access to services for people living with HIV and AIDS. An introduction to the guidelines provides a useful summary of the changes: HIV represents the primary burden of disease in South Africa, with an estimated national prevalence of 12.2% in 2012. The HIV incidence among…