HIV Self-Testing Africa Project – Research

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    A Community Based Distribution Agent demonstrating HIV self-testing in Malawi

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    STAR Qualitative Research Network



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    Members of the HIV Self-Testing Africa project team

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    Qualitative research on preferences for HIV self-testing services

HIV self-testing has the potential to play a vital role in moving towards the UN’s target that by 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status, 90% of all people diagnosed with HIV will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy and 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have durable suppression.

However HIV self-testing remains uncommon in Africa, and more evidence is urgently needed to inform policy and programming decisions at global and national levels, particularly for high burden countries.

The UNITAID/PSI HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) project is the largest evaluation of HIV self-testing (HIVST) in Africa to date, the results from which will inform WHO normative guidance, support the establishment of appropriate policy and encourage new manufacturers to enter the self-test market. The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) heads the STAR Research Consortium.

Find out about the STAR project and our team, and access the latest resources on HIV self-testing and from the project.

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