In 1994, RZHRG opened its second site, the Zambia-Emory HIV Research Project (ZEHRP), a tax-exempt, registered NGO in Lusaka using Projet San Francisco as a model. Like PSF, ZEHRP promotes Couples Voluntary Counseling and Testing (CVCT) as a method of HIV prevention and as an entry-point into HIV clinical care. ZEHRP has five sites in all: Three satellite clinics in the surrounding districts of the capital city, one mobile clinic, and a main site.
ZEHRP has an on-site Couples Voluntary Counseling and Testing facility, medical clinic, laboratory and pharmacy, and currently employs 150 medical and support staff, between five and 10 expatriate interns and project coordinators, and rotating junior physicians from the University Teaching Hospital. Of the 20,000 couples seen, ZEHRP has diagnosed more than 13,000 HIV-infections and treated 6,000 syphilis infections. As part of heterosexual transmission studies and clinical trials of HIV prevention strategies, more than 2,000 HIV-discordant couples and 600 HIV+ concordant couples participate in ongoing observational studies and have received outpatient care at the ZEHRP clinic.
Please see Research Initiatives for detailed information regarding studies in ZEHRP.
DID YOU KNOW...
• In urban Zambia, an estimated 70 percent of new HIV infections occur in couples who don’t realize that one partner is HIV+ and the other partner is HIV-.
• According to a 2010 UNAIDS report, nearly 76,000 adults were newly infected with HIV in Zambia in 2009, an equivalent of 200 new infections daily.
• Since 1994, the Zambia-Emory HIV Research Project (ZEHRP) has provided couples’ voluntary counseling and testing (CVCT) services to more than 20,000 couples in Lusaka, Zambia.