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This piece was originally published on Population Services International’s blog.
Four decades into the HIV epidemic, an estimated 25% of people with HIV, more than 9 million people, remain undiagnosed. HIV self-testing (HIVST) is vital to close the HIV testing gap—by providing a discreet and convenient way for many who may not have been reached to know their status and access appropriate treatment.
And as we continue to deal with the impact of COVID-19 on our healthcare systems, meeting the needs of people who live with or are at risk of HIV has never been more important.
Unitaid and the HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Initiative continue to explore the evidence, best practices and recommendations for global HIVST scale–up alongside the ATLAS consortium in their webinar series. After sharing where we currently stand globally in terms of policy and regulations and HIV self-testing products STAR then went on to discuss how to deliver HIVST to key populations and increase testing coverage among priority populations.
But the learnings don’t stop there…
In this fourth installment of the seven-part STAR Initiative HIVST webinar series, we heard from the following presenters and partners working on HIV self-test monitoring and evaluation:
This session, titled: “Self-Testing Scale Up and Health Systems” explored how to integrate HIVST distribution into health systems, HIVST commodity quantification and more.
Dive into to the full remarks below from the fourth webinar and explore some key takeaways from the discussion.
HIV Self Testing (HIVST) where individuals collect samples, perform and interpret tests results and themselves is now becoming a standard approach to HIV diagnosis in many high HIV-burden settings.
And what’s next? STAR will be delving into HIVST demand creation and communications, community engagement and community-based monitoring of HIVST. You won’t want to miss it!
To learn more, watch the previous webinars in the series here and follow the conversation next Thursday, 1 October 2020.
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