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Table 1 Baseline comparison of intervention and control clinic demographics and service profile

From: The impact of provider-initiated (opt-out) HIV testing and counseling of patients with sexually transmitted infection in Cape Town, South Africa: a controlled trial

Caseload Intervention clinics
(N = 7)
Control clinics
(N = 14)
P value
1. Total caseload: annual number of patients treated in 2005 504,679 822,395 0.40
2. Adult caseload: number of patients who were 5 yrs and older 334,758 600,142 0.66
STI services    
3. STI-new: number of patients treated who presented with a new episode of STI 8,466 12,377 0.26
4. STI load as a proportion of total adult caseload 3% 2% 0.17
HIV testing services    
5. VCT Total: number of patients who received voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) 13,275 19,426 0.33
6. VCT load as a proportion of total adult caseload 4% 2% 0.94
7. Proportion of VCT patients who were female 56% 54% 0.33
8. HIV test acceptance, VCT: proportion of VCT patients who were tested for HIV 93% 85% 0.03*
9. HIV positive rate amongst patients who tested for HIV 29% 28% 0.82
10. Lay Counsellor workload: the average number of VCT patients counseled per lay counsellor per day 4.3 patients 4.7 patients 0.59
TB treatment outcomes    
11. VCT for TB: proportion of New Smear Positive TB patients who received VCT 79% 77% 0.63
12. TB success rate: proportion of New Smear Positive TB patients who were successfully treated (combined TB cure and TB completion rates) 79% 77% 0.97
  1. Annual data for 2005
  2. Data sources for variables numbered: 1 to 4 = Routine Monthly Report (RMR); 5, 7, 8, 9, and 11 = Voluntary Counseling and Testing quarterly reports; 10 = Quarterly lay counsellor statistics report, 2005; 12 = TB quarterly reports.