Ralph R. Frerichs

Fourth International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific, 

Manila, Philippines, October 27, 1997

The intent of this presentation was to offer alternatives to conventional VTC (voluntary HIV testing and counseling) for detecting HIV infection in Asia.  VTC programs, as favored by UNAIDS and others, tend to be expensive and limited in coverage.  As a result, only a low percentage of HIV infected persons in Asia are aware of their viral status. To increase coverage without major government investment, alternative are suggested that rely on rapid HIV tests, home collection and laboratory HIV testing, and home HIV testing.  

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Suggested Readings

  • Frerichs, R.R. Personal screening for HIV in developing countries. Lancet 343:960-962, 1994.

  • Frerichs, R.R., Silarug, N., Eskes, N., Pagcharoenpol, P., Rodklai, A., Thangsupachai, S., and Wongba, C. Saliva-based HIV antibody testing in Thailand. Aids 8:885-894, 1994.

  • Wongba, C., Pagcharoenpol, P., Eskes, N., Frerichs, R.R., and Silarug, N. HIV saliva test for surveillance and surveys. Aids 9(9):1104-1105, 1995.

  • Schopper, D. and Vercauteren, G. Testing for HIV at home: what are the issues? Aids 10(13):1455-1465, 1996.

  • Frerichs, R.R. Harm of not permitting personal HIV screening in developing countries. Aids 11(7):936-937, 1997.

  • Merson, M.H., Feldman, E.A., Bayer, R., and Stryker, J. Rapid self-testing for HIV infection. The Lancet 349:352-353, 1997.

  • Frerichs, R.R. HIV winners and losers. Epidemiology 6(3):329-331, 1995.