Join STAR @ AIDS2020: Virtual

COVID-19 has sounded a wake-up call for the global HIV response: we must bring HIV prevention and treatment services out of the clinic and closer to those who need it.  Critical HIV testing services are only available in a limited set of public sector facilities, and many people who need them cannot access them. HIV self-tests can overcome these barriers and offer vital approaches during the current pandemic and in the future—resulting in better, more accessible, participatory and quality healthcare. 

Join STAR at AIDS2020: Virtual, at nearly 20 presentations, posters, symposia and other events or at our virtual Exhibition Booth. Below, you’ll find a full schedule of STAR’s activities at the conference. And don’t forget to check back regularly, as materials will be uploaded throughout the conference.

Satellite Symposium

Towards Sustainability and Scalability of HIV Self-Testing: Solutions for Low- and Middle-Income Countries

DATE: Tuesday 7 July
TIME: 10-11AM PST | 1-2PM EDT | 7-8PM UTC+2
ORGANIZERS: Unitaid, STAR Initiative and ATLAS

Achieving and exceeding the AIDS targets for the Millennium Development Goals was accomplished due to an unprecedented financial investment from the international community. Since 2010 the discourse has shifted to the need for greater sustainability of funding. HIV testing is an essential tool for epidemic control, the entry point to patient management and further prevention of transmission. Ensuring equitable access to diagnosis is paramount.

HIV Self-Testing (HIVST) offers such opportunities through a variety of approaches tailored to meet the needs of priority populations. With dwindling investments in HIV programming including HIV testing, models of HIVST distribution that are independent from external investments offer options for longer-term sustainability. The STAR project in Southern Africa and the ATLAS project in West-Africa have gathered evidence through research and implementation for such models that could be replicated in other countries that are scaling up HIVST. Join us for a presentation and panel discussion on July 7! 

STAR Exhibition Booth

Check out our exhibition booth for more information about our STAR programs, webinars tackling HIVST in the context of COVID-19, various short films on HIVST and more! 

Every day at 10AM, 2PM and at 5PM UTC+2, we will also have key experts and advocates join us for HOT TALKS about new technologies and approaches to bring HIV care closer to the people who need it most. The HOT TALK schedule is listed below.

Monday, July 6

Adapting HIV Self Testing Models During a Pandemic, Experiences From Three Star Countries​

KNOWLEDGE SHARING SESSIONS ON HIVST LINKAGE TOOLS: Linkages and Outcome Measures HIVST, mHealth Solutions​

atlas project: HIVST IN WEST AFRICA

Tuesday, July 7



TIME: 8-9AM EDT | 2-3PM UTC+2

Watch the recording here!



Wednesday, July 8



COVID-19 AND HIV: Zoom Into HIVST Pharmacy Distribution Models, Experiences from South Africa and Eswatini

thursday, July 9

COVID-19 AND HIVST: Zoom Into HIVST Online Distribution Models, Experiences from South Africa and Vietnam

HIV Self-Testing: Where Are We with Policy, HIV Self-Test Kit Regulation and Registration and Safety Monitoring Webinar

On demand sessions

Oral abstract session

OAB02 – ARV, cure and testing strategies

OAB0204 – A new tool for achieving the first goal of UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets – HIV self-testing with urine. Yan Jiang, National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Beijing 102206, China.

OAC04 – I Test, You Test, We All Test: Multiple Roads to the First 90

OAC0402 – Feasibility of implementation, acceptability and preliminary effects of a pilot, peer-led HIV self-testing intervention in a hyperendemic fishing community in rural Uganda. Joseph KB Matovu, Makerere University School of Public Health

OAC0403 – HIV self-tests free distribution in Brazil: An effective strategy for reaching undiagnosed key populations. Mariana Villares, Brazilian Ministry of Health

OAC0404 – TRUST: Results of an HIV self-testing intervention for Black or African-American transgender women (TGW) and gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) in New York City. Victoria Frye, CUNY School of Medicine

OAD05 – Powering HIV testing: Towards the target

OAD0502 – The role of popular opinion leaders in distributing HIV/syphilis self-tests among men who have sex with men in China. Nancy Yang, University of Minnesota Medical School

OAD0503 – Household couples-based HIV self-testing is effective in promoting male testing, identifying discordant couples, and linking positive partners to care: Results from the Wenza Huru study in Kisarawe, Tanzania. Claire Bailey, Medical University of South Carolina

OAD0504 – High acceptability of HIV self-testing in an online randomised controlled trial for men who have sex with men in England and Wales. T Charles Witzel, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

OAE05 – It’s raining men: How to effectively engage men into care

OAE0505 – Implementation of HIV self-testing (HIVST) to reach men in rural Umkhanyakude, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Nsika Sithole, Africa Health Research Institute

OAXLB01 – Co-Chairs’ Choice Community HIV testing continuity in the context of COVID-19 lockdown and social distancing. Ralitza Dekova, Population Services International

Oral poster discussion session

PDE02 – Different methods, better results: Differentiated service delivery in HIV testing and prevention

PDE0203 – An innovative “1+1” HIV self-service testing in cooperation with community-based organizations or voluntary testing and counselling sites in five provinces, China. Yi Lyu, National Center for AIDS/STD Control and Prevention, Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention

PDE05 – Money doesn’t grow on trees: Affordability and cost-effectiveness in the HIV response

PDE0505 – Preparing for scale-up: The changing cost and cost-effectiveness of HIV self-testing integration into community-based mobile outreach and index HIV testing models in Lesotho. Marc D’Elbée, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

E-Posters – Track B

PEB0100 – Evaluation of the use of HIV OraQuick among malnourished children below 5 years in Uganda. Tusabe Fred, Mbarara University of Science and technology and Technology,Infectious diseases Institute Kampala Uganda

PEB0104 – Randomized comparison of the preference and usability of two HIV self-testing kits among Australian gay and bisexual men. Jason J. Ong, Monash University

PEB0106 – Launching of a capillary blood-based HIV self-testing in a multicultural environment in Cameroon. Francois Xavier Mbopi-Keou, University of Yaounde I, Faculty of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

E-Posters – Track C

PEC0565 – “A Hora é Agora-São Paulo” – HIV self-test implementation study: Defining where and how to distribute testing kits to optimize uptake and diagnosis among MSM. Ivone De Paula, Secretaria de Estado da Saúde de São Paulo

PEC0573 – Impact of providing free HIV self-testing kits on frequency of testing among men who have sex with men and their sexual partners in China. Xianhong Li, Central South University

PEC0579 – Reaching male clients and partners with HIV self-test kits distributed by female sex workers in Iran: Acceptability and effect of monetary incentives in a randomized controlled trial. Leila Taj, Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS, Iranian Institute for Reduction of High-Risk Behaviors, Tehran University of Medical Sciences

PEC0584 – Financial incentive and peer referral in promoting digital social-network distribution of HIV self-testing among Chinese MSM: An intermediate analysis of a three-arm RCT. Weiming Tang, Dermatology Hospital, Southern Medical University Guangzhou, China

PEC0588 – Gathering result data for analysis and provision of follow-up support as part of a nationwide HIV self-testing service in the United Kingdom. Takudzwa Mukiwa, Terrence Higgins Trust

PEC0590 – Using individual stated-preferences to optimize HIV self-testing service delivery program among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Malaysia: Results from conjoint analysis. Roman Shrestha, Yale University

PEC0592 – Practicability and preferences of blood-based versus oral-fluid-based HIV self-testing in the hand of less-skilled users in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Serge Tonen-Wolyec, Faculté de Médecine et Pharmacie, Université de Kisangani

PEC0593 – Diagnostic assessment in field and in lab of the blood-based HIV self-test Exacto Test HIV in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Serge Tonen-Wolyec, Faculté de Médecine et Pharmacie, Université de Kisangani

PEC0594 – Acceptability of provider assisted self-testing among men who have sex with men in Ghana. Mark Owusu, Maritime Life Precious Foundation

PEC0679 – Secondary distribution of HIV self-testing kits in different clinical setting: A cohort study in Zambia. Chama Mulubwa, Zambart Project

PEC0689 – Acceptability of a peer-to-peer delivery of HIV self-testing and sexual health information to support HIV prevention among young women in rural KwaZulu-Natal. Oluwafemi Adeagbo, Africa Health Research Institute

PEC0717 – The efficacy of INSTI in expanding HIV screening in community-based settings in South Africa. Jacqueline Pienaar, Centre for HIV-AIDS Prevention Studies

E-Posters – Track D

PED0976 – Experienced homoprejudiced violence and HIV self-testing uptake among men who have sex with men in Guangzhou, China. Dan Wu, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

PED0992 – HIV self-testing technologies and the importance of “the relational”: The perspectives of men who have sex with men on OraQuick kits in Kenya. Bernadette Kina Kombo, Partners for Health and Development in Africa

PED1062 – Acceptability and willingness to use HIV self-testing among female sex workers in Zambia: Implications for differentiated testing modalities in HIV programming. Caila Brander, Population Council Zambia

PED1082 – Community based distribution of HIV self-test reaches more undiagnosed female sex workers in Tanzania. Peris Urasa, National AIDS Control Programme

PED1243 – Evaluation of the awareness, knowledge and use of HIV self testing among men who have sex with men in southeast Nigeria. Emmanuel Onwe, Foundation for Better Health and Human Rights (FBHR)

PED1249 – Motivators and barriers toward HIV Self-Testing among men who have sex with men in two Indian cities. Shruta Rawat, The Humsafar Trust

PED1250 – Men’s perspectives on HIV self-testing strategies in Uganda: A qualitative study. Monisha Sharma, University of Washington

PED1252 – HIV self-testing in Cambodia increases testing rates among key populations. Penh Sun Ly, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Dermatology and STD (NCHADS)

PED1253 – From a demonstration study to national rollout: HIV self-testing in Nepal. Rajesh Prasad Khanal, FHI 360

PED1257 – Acceptability and preference of a blood-based and oral-fluid HIV self-test in Guatemala and El Salvador. Paola Letona, Pan American Social Marketing Organization (PASMO)

E-Posters – Track E

PEE1364 – Are HIV self-tests a cost-effective alternative for increasing the number of HIV tests conducted in an adult rural Nigerian community compared to expanding primary healthcare services? Paulina Cecula, Imperial College London

PEE1369 – Cost-effectiveness of HIV self-testing vs. facility-based HIV rapid-diagnostic testing supported by community-based organizations among men who have sex with men in China. Weiming Tang, Dermatology Hospital, Southern Medical University Guangzhou, China

PEE1380 – Reaching partners through secondary distribution of HIV self-testing in Malawi: A cost analysis of a pragmatic cluster-randomized trial. Linda A. Sande, Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust

PEE1397 – Lessons learned from transgender women peers offering HIV-self testing and assisted partner notification services in Malindi, Kenya. Mahmoud Shally, Kenya Medical Research Institute-Wellcome Trust Research Programme

PEE1581 – How do local drug shops sell and price HIV self-test kits? Descriptive evidence from Tanzania. Calvin Chiu, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley

PEE1582 – Unassisted peer-based distribution of HIV oral self-testing for the hard to reach in rural KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Marcel Kanyinda Kitenge, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

PEE1583 – Iranian female sex workers perception and attitude toward using or distributing HIV self-test: A qualitative study. Leila Taj, Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS, Iranian Institute for Reduction of High-Risk Behaviors, Tehran University of Medical Sciences

PEE1584 – Demographic characteristics of HIVST users and predictors of using HIVST among Priority populations in Zambia. Thomas Kipingili, Pact Zambia

PEE1587 – Peer-led HIV self-testing successfully reaches key populations in rural Eastern Uganda. Caroline Karutu, Boston University School of Public Health

PEE1607 – A designathon to co-create community-driven HIV self-testing services for Nigerian youth: Descriptive findings from a nationwide participatory event. Kadija Tahlil, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

PEE1717 – Utilization of a lean product development strategy to improve the self-reporting rate in an HIV self-testing program in Johannesburg, South Africa. Abdul Qadir Amra, A2D24

Bridging session

BS13 – Surfing the tech wave in HIV

Peer online counseling for HIV self-test in China (online-offline HIV self-test project). Liting Xiao, Super Young

Webinar series

HIV SELF-TESTING DURING COVID-19: Unitaid, STAR Initiative and ATLAS Webinar Series

Even through this pandemic, meeting the needs of people who live with or are at risk of HIV has never been more important. HIV self-testing (HIVST) can play a critical role in ensuring the continuity of HIV testing services during this time, as it provides an opportunity to adhere to physical distancing guidance and reduce the risk of exposure transmission for both beneficiaries and health care providers.

In this first installment of the webinar series, we will be sharing Unitaid’s STAR/ATLAS Technical Guide  “Considerations for HIVST in the Context of COVID-19” with case studies from South Africa, Eswatini and Kenya. Our speakers will present on best practices, solutions and experiences gained through case studies on strategic leveraging of HIVST to continue HIV testing services during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Learn more about our webinars here!

And next, we will be diving into case studies from Vietnam, Ukraine, Zambia and West Africa as we discuss how to adapt HIV programming during this pandemic. Check back for more details soon!