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Table 1 Key differences in package of services in control vs. intervention stage for patients enrolled in the EAAA study

From: Impact of early initiation versus national standard of care of antiretroviral therapy in Swaziland’s public sector health system: study protocol for a stepped-wedge randomized trial

Service Control Intervention
Eligibility criteria for ART initiation Current national treatment guidelines All HIV-positive individuals who are aged 18 years or older, excluding pregnant or breastfeeding women, who attend the health facilities will be offered ART regardless of CD4.
Pre-ART counseling sessions 2–3 sessions prior to ART initiation Same-day counseling and ART initiation if patient is ready. Continue counseling after initiation.