IAS 2021
IAS Conference on HIV Science
Join the STAR Initiative and thousands of HIV professionals at this conference to learn critical advances in basic, clinical and operational research.

HIV self-testing (HIVST) has shifted the paradigm for HIV testing, the first step in the care continuum. During COVID-19, HIV testing and treatment services have been affected globally with substantial declines in HIV diagnoses and ART initiations. HIV self-testing has been highlighted as critical tool that could address growing gaps and reach populations poorly served by traditional testing modalities, including men, adolescents and key populations.

Join the STAR Initiative at IAS 2021 at presentations, posters, symposia and other events. Be sure to come to our July 18th satellite session, where we will be launching the BMJ Global Health Special Issue ‘Innovating with HIV Self-Testing in a Changing Epidemic: Results from the STAR (Self-Testing Africa) Initiative.’

Below, you’ll find a full schedule of the STAR Initiative’s activities at the conference. And don’t forget to check back regularly, as materials will be uploaded throughout the conference.



DATE: Sunday, 18 July
TIME: 19:00 – 20:30 CEST
EVENT TYPE: Satellite

The STAR Initiative and ATLAS Project will be demonstrating new entry points for HIVST to increase access to health care, how HIVST been leveraged to maintain HIV testing services in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and how digital and mhealth solutions were designed to increase HIV self-testing access, support effective use and facilitate follow-up and linkage to care and prevention services.

The session will also discuss the HIV Self-testing road map and the different steps towards creating an enabling environment for scale and long-term sustainability and how this road map could be applied for other self-diagnostics and self-care options.





TIME: 11:00 – 12:30pm CEST
EVENT TYPE: Satellite
ORGANIZERS: World Health Organization
STAR INITIATIVE PRESENTER: Karin Hatzold, Population Services International (South Africa)


TIME: 11:00 – 11:50am CEST
EVENT TYPE: Symposium 
STAR INITIATIVE PRESENTER: Augustine Talumba Choko, Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (Malawi)



OAC0501: The cost and intermediary cost-effectiveness of oral HIV self-test kit distribution across eleven distribution models in South Africa

  • L. Sande, K. Matsimela, C. Mostert, M. d’Elbée, M. Majam, J. Phiri, V. Zishiri, C. Madondo, S. Khama, K. Hatzold, C. Johnson, T. Chidarikire, F. Terris-Prestholt, G. Meyer-Rath


OAC0202 – Laio Magno: Demand creation and HIV self-testing delivery during COVID-19 contingency measures of physical distancing among adolescents’ key population enrolled in PrEP in Brazil
OAC0502 – Prin Visavakum: A successful launch of the first HIV self-testing pharmacy-based service demonstration project, Bangkok, Thailand
OAC0503 – Mariana Villares: User assessment of HIV self-testing (HIVST) in Brazil: an acceptable tool with great potential for reaching key populations and maximize positivity yield
OAC0504 – Razieh Khajehkazemi: Feasibility of HIV self-testing among female sex workers in Iran: the SELFii study
OAC0505 – Eva van Empel: Reaching for the “first 95”: a cross-country analysis of HIV self-testing in 177,572 people in nine countries in sub-Saharan Africa


PEC319: Factors associated with the successful distribution of HIV self-tests through routine clinical settings in Lusaka, Zambia: a cohort study

  • P. Mee, C. Mulubwa, L. Sigande, L. Gwanu, L. Mwenge, M. Neuman, B. Chiti, C. Johnson, K. Hatzold, E.L. Corbett, M. Simwinga, M. Haambweka, H. Ayles
PEC325: The cost effectiveness and optimal configuration of oral HIV self-test kit distribution in South Africa: a model analysis
  • L. Jamieson, L. Johnson, K. Matsimela, L. Sande, M. d’Elbée, M. Majam, T. Chidarikire, K. Hatzold, C. Johnson, F. Terris-Prestholt, B. Nichols, G. Meyer-Rath



Can digital HIV self-testing (HIVST) be the next paradigm for self-testing? A systematic review of global evidence. VIEW.

Effect of a regular self-testing kits distribution intervention on HIV testing and sexual-behavioral outcomes among MSM in China: a stepped-wedge randomized controlled trial. VIEW.

‘We have to learn to cooperate with each other’: a qualitative study to explore integration of traditional healers into HIV self-testing and tuberculosis activities in Eswatini. VIEW.

Testing together behaviors in secondary distribution of HIV/syphilis self-testing program among men who have sex with men in China. VIEW.

Costs and costs-at-scale of provision of HIV self-testing kits by civil society organisations to key populations and their sexual partners in Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal and Mali. VIEW.

Identification of key influencers for secondary distribution of HIV self-testing among Chinese MSM: a machine learning approach. VIEW.

Determinants of recent HIVST uptake among Jiangsu MSM: a cross-sectional survey. VIEW.

Introducing HIV self-testing (HIVST) among key populations in West Africa: a baseline qualitative analysis of key stakeholders’ attitudes and perceptions in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal. VIEW.

Can we improve HIV self-testing outcomes through digital data capture? A retrospective review of the HIVST Challenge Fund Project in Kenya. VIEW.

Does onsite HIV self-testing enhance linkage to care? A case study of HIVST Challenge Fund Project in Kenya. VIEW.

Extending reach of HIV testing services (HTS) through private-sector outlets: feasibility of offering HIV self-testing (HIVST) at pharmacies and alternative medicine centers (AMC) in Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). VIEW.

Awareness, acceptability and factors associated with willingness to indicate HIV self-testing among health care providers from HIV specialized care services in Northeast of Brazil. VIEW.

HIV self-testing among previously diagnosed HIV-positive people in Khayelitsha, South Africa; no evidence of harm but may facilitate re-engagement in ART care. VIEW.

Mailout HIV self-testing: overview of the GetaKit initiative in Ottawa, Canada. VIEW.

Reaching absent and refusing individuals during home-based HIV testing through self-testing: a costing perspective. VIEW.

GetaKit and the prevention cascade: understanding the impact of HIV self-testing on linkage to prevention services in Ottawa, Canada. VIEW.

Unassisted and assisted HIV self-testing among female sex workers, men who have sex with men, and priority populations before and during COVID-19 and political conflict in Mali. VIEW.

‘If there is joy’¦ I think it can work well” Investigating relationship factors impacting HIV self-testing acceptability among pregnant women and male partners in Uganda. VIEW.

The pharmacy as a link to reaching men with HIV testing services: a case of HIV Self-testing Challenge Fund Project, Kenya. VIEW.

Expanding youth-friendly HIV self-testing services during COVID: a qualitative analysis of a crowdsourcing contest in Nigeria. VIEW.

Finding out myself: using community-based HIV self-testing to reach underserved men and women in Botswana, 2020. VIEW.

Stakeholder experiences of an intervention for provision of HIV self-testing kits and contraception to adolescent girl and young women in privately-owned drug shops in sub-Saharan Africa. VIEW.

Willingness to use HIV self-testing among female sex workers in Malaysia. VIEW.


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