The STAR Initiative aims to answer key public health questions about HIV self-testing (HIVST) and to increase the effective use of HIVST, including ensuring adequate linkage to treatment and prevention services. To achieve this, the STAR Initiative will:
Establish and optimise distribution models for quality-assured HIV self-tests in each project country, including effective linkage into prevention, treatment and care services.
Increase informed demand for quality-assured HIVST, including defining the best marketing strategies and consumer packaging.
Reduce policy barriers to market entry for quality-assured HIVST products, including release of WHO normative guidance, and integration of HIVST into national policies and algorithms in project countries.
Reduce structural barriers to market entry for quality-assured HIVST products by generating routine market intelligence, supporting manufacturers pursuing WHO pre-qualification and facilitating establishment of a harmonised regional regulatory framework.