Exploring social harms during distribution of HIV self-testing kits using mixed-methods approaches in Malawi

HIV self-testing (HIVST) provides couples and individuals with a discreet, convenient and empowering testing option. As with all HIV testing, potential harms must be anticipated and mitigated to optimize individual and public health benefits. Here, we describe social harms (SHs) reported during HIVST implementation in Malawi, and propose a framework for grading and responding to harms, according to their severity.
AUTHORS: Moses K Kumwenda, Cheryl C Johnson, Augustine T Choko, Wezzie Lora, Wakumanya Sibande, Doreen Sakala, Pitchaya Indravudh, Richard Chilongosi, Rachael C Baggaley, Rose Nyirenda, Miriam Taegtmeyer, Karin Hatzold, Nicola Desmond and Elizabeth L Corbett

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