HIV self-testing (HIVST) is a new approach that has significant potential to extend access to HIV testing beyond the limitations of the current infrastructure and address barriers to testing. Recognizing the potential for HIVST, UNITAID financed the HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Project as a four-year initiative in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe to catalyze the market. To complement STAR, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded Population Services International (PSI) to analyze the global HIVST market.
PSI envisions a healthy market for HIVST to be one that is supported by multiple buyers and suppliers and that delivers on the 5As (Availability, Assured Quality, Appropriate Design, Awareness, and Affordability) to achieve public health goals. Realizing this vision for the HIVST market will require consideration of two key markets- public and private sectors. While HIV testing has traditionally been driven by the public sector, HIVST opens up the possibility of utilizing private sector pharmacies to expand and extend the reach of testing.
- Populations Served
- General Population, Men at High Risk for HIV, Women at High Risk for HIV
- Health Areas
- HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections
- Developing Markets
- Resource Types
- Reports and Briefs
- Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
- HIV Self-Testing Kits, HIV Testing Services (HTS), Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment