Indian Journal of Sexually Transmitted Diseases and AIDS
ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 20--24

Initial assessment of scaled-up sexually transmitted infection intervention in Himachal Pradesh under National AIDS Control Program - III


Sunite A Ganju1, NL Sharma2 
1 Department of Microbiology, IGMC Shimla, Basic Services Division, Himachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society, Himachal Pradesh, India
2 Dermatology, Dr RPG Medical College, Tanda, Member State Resource STI Team, Himachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society, Himachal Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Sunite A Ganju
Department of Microbiology, House No. 214/B, Sector 3, New Shimla, Shimla - 171 009, Himachal Pradesh
India

Objectives : To assess the impact of scaled-up sexually transmitted infection (STI) intervention under National AIDS Control Program (NACP) III and to examine the profile of STI/RTI clinic (now named Suraksha Clinic) attendees. Materials and Methods : A retrospective study by data analysis was done from April 2008 to March 2010. The scaled-up intervention comprised of (i) adopting enhanced syndromic approach, (ii) capacity building by appointing counselors and trainings of staff, (iii) strengthening STI/RTI clinics by provision of logistics and privacy by civil works, and (iv) supervisory support. The outcome which directly influenced service delivery was evaluated within this framework. Results : Sixteen «DQ»Suraksha Clinics«DQ» have been remodeled, equipped with supplies and laboratory set up. A total of 64,554 clinic visits were reported of which 27,317 [42%] attended the clinics for index STI/RTI complaint(s). Majority of the clients (44%) were young, 25-44 years old. Male to female ratio was 1:1.8. In females, the commonest complaint was lower abdominal pain (25%) and vaginal discharge (33%), the commonest syndrome. Amongst laboratory-confirmed STIs, 305 (1.4%) attendees were positive for trichomoniasis, while bacterial vaginosis was corroborated in 230 (1.07%) patients with clue cells. Amongst antenatal women, 251 were reactive for syphilis (≥1:8 dilutions). 10,579 partners of index STI/RTI patients were notified and partner management was attained to the level of 99%. Conclusion : Preliminary results show increased utilization of STI clinical services, though laboratory services need further strengthening. Continued supportive supervision and capacity building will enable skill development and quality monitoring.


How to cite this article:
Ganju SA, Sharma N L. Initial assessment of scaled-up sexually transmitted infection intervention in Himachal Pradesh under National AIDS Control Program - III.Indian J Sex Transm Dis 2012;33:20-24


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Ganju SA, Sharma N L. Initial assessment of scaled-up sexually transmitted infection intervention in Himachal Pradesh under National AIDS Control Program - III. Indian J Sex Transm Dis [serial online] 2012 [cited 2014 Dec 22 ];33:20-24
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