Audet CM, Blevins M, Rosenberg C, Farnsworth S, Salato J, Fernandez J, Vermund SH. Symptomatic HIV-positive persons in rural Mozambique who first consult a traditional healer have delays in HIV testing: a cross-sectional study. Journal of acquired immune deficiency syndromes (1999). 2014 Aug 1;66(66). e80-6. PMID: 24815853 [PubMed] PMCID: PMC4077983 NIHMSID: NIHMS588466.
Delays in HIV diagnosis and initiation of antiretroviral therapy are common even among symptomatic individuals in Africa. We hypothesized that antiretroviral therapy delays might be more common if traditional healers (THs) were the first practitioners consulted.