Please join the second installment in the STAR Initiative webinar series focusing on HIVST for key populations in West Africa, Asia and Southern Africa on Aug 13, 2020 03:00 PM (SAST)
More than four decades into the HIV epidemic, an estimated 21% of people with HIV, more than 8.1 million people, remain undiagnosed. HIV self-testing 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.
Limited access to HIV testing not only prevents PLHIV from accessing the treatment and care they need but also prevents high-risk HIV-negative individuals from accessing effective HIV-prevention services such as voluntary medical male circumcision and pre-exposure prophylaxis. Self-testing is an innovative way to overcome barriers that prevent priority populations from accessing HIV testing, currently not reached with conventional services.
In this second installment, we will be exploring lessons learned and sharing our experiences with HIV self-test programming among key populations.