Baseline Household Survey

The Botswana Combination Prevention Project (BCPP) field team visits approximately 20% of randomly selected households in each of the 30 study communities (15 pairs). All eligible adults (age 16–64) in selected households who agree to participate are interviewed and given an HIV test. HIV-negative household members are enrolled in the HIV Incidence Cohort (HIC) and advised on appropriate HIV prevention services. HIV-positive members are referred to local clinics for care and treatment.
After the Baseline Household Survey (BHS) is complete, the CDC and partners rapidly implement a combination of HIV prevention interventions in one of the communities in each pair.
The field team will return to selected households 12, 24, and 36 months after the BHS to retest for HIV and determine how well HIV prevention and care services have been accessed. The primary goal of the BCPP is to determine how best to significantly reduce new HIV infections.

Photo by Dominic Chavez