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J Adolesc Health. 2009 Feb;44(2):188-90. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2008.05.009. Epub 2008 Sep 27.

The quality of HIV testing services for adolescents in Cape Town, South Africa: do adolescent-friendly services make a difference?

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  • 1Health Systems Research Unit, Medical Research Council, and School of Public Health and Family Medicine, University of Cape Town, South Africa.


We used adolescent simulated clients to evaluate whether HIV testing services in clinics participating in an adolescent-friendly initiative in Cape Town were superior to regular clinic services. We found improved accessibility to HIV testing, but no impact on adolescent's experience of negative attitudes from health workers and confidentiality breaches.

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