HIV Self-Testing: In Our Hands

More than a decade ago, HIV was a death sentence for most people in the developing world. Despite the seismic progress in the global response to the epidemic, we have not eliminated the challenges of HIV. Across the world, almost a third of people living with HIV still do not know their status. Innovations like

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World’s Largest HIV Self-Testing Initiative Expands in Critical New Phase

PARIS, 24 July 2017 – Three out of every 10 people living with HIV do not know they are infected with the virus. The HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Initiative, funded by Unitaid, has amassed compelling evidence that self-testing can reach more people than traditional diagnostics, enabling individuals to learn their HIV status when and where

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HIV Self-Testing Leads to Self-Empowerment in Ethiopia

By Amerti Lemma, Communications Coordinator, PSI/Ethiopia “I remember the first time I got tested,” said Hana, recalling her experience from many years ago. “It was extremely scary and made me feel that knowing my status, which was likely be positive, could mean the end of the world.” At the time, stigma around HIV positive was

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Making HIV Testing a Private Affair

By Kristen Little, HIV/TB Research Advisor, PSI How do we do a better job reaching those most affected by the HIV epidemic? PSI’s answer: bring HIV services closer to consumers. A key piece of this strategy is PSI’s new project leveraging the private sector to increase access to and uptake of HIV self-testing (HIVST) among

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Expanding Access to HIV Self-Testing

By Shannon Rosenberg & Patrick Aylward PSI just launched the report “Expanding Access to HIV Self-Testing: A Market Development Approach.” This report is the result of the exciting work PSI is doing to understand and develop the HIV self-testing (HIVST) market. With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, PSI analyzed the size of

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Of Goats and Chickens: Village Leaders Champion HIV Self-Testing in Malawi

By Sabrina Sidhu, Writer, UNITAID Malicious gossip can spread faster than wildfire. Traditional leaders in rural Neno District, Malawi, are only too aware of its destructive nature. In May this year, they grew worried that rumours could jeopardize HIV self-testing, a new health service that relies on strict confidentiality for its success. HIV self-testing allows

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Increase in Number of Countries Adopting HIV Self-Testing Policies

Geneva, 20 July 2016 – UNITAID and the World Health Organization (WHO) today released the second edition of the landscape report on HIV Self-testing which shows that 16 countries have adopted HIV self-testing policies, while many others are currently developing them. Released at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, the report summarizes latest technologies for HIV

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#EndAIDS: Moving Self-Testing from Theory to Reality

DURBAN, 20 July 2016 – How can HIV self-testing (HIVST) reduce the current HIV testing gap and help reach the United Nations 90-90-90 target? At the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS2016), UNITAID, Population Services International (PSI) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will host a joint satellite session to answer this question and provide insights into the HIV Self-Test AfRica

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Community Health Workers: The True Heroes of HIV Self Testing

Justin Matheson-Turner, Intern The UNITAID/PSI Self-Test AfRica (STAR) consortium were joined by members of the Ministries of Health from Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi, as well as PSI Global Ambassador Debra Messing, last week in Blantyre, Malawi. The team learned firsthand how making HIV testing easier and more accessible can lead to getting people on treatment

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Where We’ve Come and Where We’re Going with HIVST’s

By Liz Corbett, Professor of Tropical Epidemiology, London School Hyg Trop Med & MLW Research Programme This blog post is the final piece in a series on the HIV Self-Test Africa (STAR) project, which works in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. The STAR team will be in Blantyre, Malawi, from June 27 to July 1, 2016 with PSI Global Ambassador

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Bringing HIV Self-Testing Policy to the Forefront

Cheryl Johnson, World Health Organization Rachel Baggaley, World Health Organization This blog post is the third in a series of four on the HIV Self-Test AfRica (STAR) project, which works in Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. The STAR team will be in Blantyre, Malawi, from June 27 to July 1, 2016 with PSI Global Ambassador Debra

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Markets for Women

3 Ways to Make the Market Work for Her

By Yasmin Madan, Global Marketing Director, PSI What do markets have to do with girls’ and women’s health? The simple response is everything. From sexual and reproductive health to sanitation, we are increasingly aware that the most effective strategies for meeting countries’ health needs must include an understanding and engagement of all actors that supply, enable

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