HIV Self-Testing Africa Initiative – Research

2016 News Articles

1st December 2016: One year of the STAR project

Have a look at our infographic to learn about some of the highlight achievements of the STAR project from its beginning up until World AIDS Day 2016. Also visit the PSI blog for a post and video on consumer empowerment through HIV self-testing.

29th November 2016: WHO issues new guidance on HIV self-testing ahead of World AIDS Day

In advance of World AIDS Day, WHO has released new guidelines on HIV self-testing to improve access to and uptake of HIV diagnosis. Also see this video, published by WHO, in which Cheryl Johnson, an HIV Testing Specialist, explains how the new WHO guidance will support countries to promote self-testing and increase access to HIV services worldwide.

24th November 2016: Engaging key beneficiaries in intervention development – STAR-Malawi’s participatory workshop with female sex workers

Dr Moses Kumwenda from the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust shares his experiences of working with female sex workers to develop a refined peer delivered HIV self-testing model.

14th November 2016: PSI launches report – ‘Expanding Access to HIV self-testing: A market development approach

See PSI’s analysis of the size of the HIV self-testing market in nine African countries: Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

27th September 2016: Malawi villagers embrace HIV self-testing

See WHO’s story of a community-based distribution agent recruited by STAR in Malawi, where approximately one in ten people is living with HIV.

22nd July 2016: World’s largest study of HIV self-testing gets off the ground

The STAR project’s satellite session on “Moving self-testing from theory to a reality in Africa” at the International AIDS Conference in Durban was a great success, and the project has been featured in this AIDSMAP article.

19th July 2016: What got us here, won’t get us there

See the STAR project’s film, featuring Debra Messing and Robert Matiru, which was launched at the International AIDS Conference in Durban. Follow links from our STAR Blog page to read PSI’s blog series from the Malawi media visit with Debra.

27th June 2016: STAR-Malawi rolls out social harms reporting systems in readiness for HIVST

Read about how the STAR Malawi team is developing a community engagement system to capture social harms.

20th June 2016: Countries share experiences and lessons learned on implementing HIV self-testing and pre-exposure prophylaxis

This WHO article on HIVST lessons learned from Brazil, South Africa, Thailand and Zimbabwe includes reference to the STAR project by Dr Maponga of Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health.

11th April 2016: Qualitative Research Network Introduction

In March the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) hosted a three day workshop with partners to agree terms of reference for the STAR Qualitative Research Network (QRN), discuss roles and responsibilities, map research activities, review emerging themes and design the inter-country analysis. Learn more about the QRN’s work here.

30 November 2015: Launch of STAR Project

On the eve of World AIDS Day 2015, the UNITAID/PSI HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Project was launched at the 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA), to generate crucial information on HIV self-testing.

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