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A Database Stems HIV in Central Asia

Maxim Kan was fed up. He had been painstakingly collecting data files for the previous USAID funded project, aimed at reducing the HIV and tuberculosis epidemics among key populations throughout Central Asia. But his database was outdated. As the Regional Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor at PSI’s Central Asia Office, Maxim needed to conduct ongoing data

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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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A State-of-the-Art Lab Offers Peace of Mind in El Salvador

By Kim Do, Communications and Culture Manager, PSI Delmy Umanzor worked at a maternity hospital, desperate to help the people who came through her doors. In the heart of El Salvador, many patients travel from far-flung towns and villages only to realize the hospital cannot treat their condition, and that they cannot afford the specialized

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Keeping Families HIV-Free this Father’s Day

Most couples don’t make getting tested for HIV part of their wedding plans. But when single parents Lovemore and Fungai got engaged, they decided it was a good idea before blending their families. Zimbabwe, where they live, is one of countries hardest hit by HIV.  Even still, they were shocked when the counselor at PSI’s

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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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Transforming Health For All in Angola

By Dr. Paulo R P Souza, chief of party of HFA, PSI/Angola In Angola, nearly two decades of peace and robust economic growth has led to huge progress in the management of the country’s national health system. Building on years of bilateral collaboration, USAID launched Projecto de Saúde Para Todos (Health For All, or HFA)

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Flashback: Condoms, Comedy and Trevor Noah

By Maria Dieter, Communications Assistant, PSI “Why do our condoms sound like vuvuzelas?” In 2014, that’s what South Africans were asking when their government-issued condoms weren’t making the grade. And how can condoms prevent HIV if no one wants to use them? Let’s flash back to September 2016, when comedian Trevor Noah explained how the South African

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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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We Can Solve the Problems of PrEP

By Nina Hasen, Director, HIV and TB Programs, PSI At the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) in Durban, South Africa, lots of people are talking about oral PrEP, or Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, which is the daily use of antiretrovirals to prevent HIV in those not yet infected. But not all the talk is positive. Let’s

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Why Engaging Traditional Leaders is Vital for the Success of STAR

The UNITAID/PSI HIV Self-Test Africa (STAR) consortium were joined by Ministry of Health representatives 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 sooner. We met with

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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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