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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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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WHO Announces Antiretrovirals as Early Treatment and Prevention for HIV

By Jennifer Orford Over the next two weeks Impact will post the top 12 global health moments of 2015 with commentary from experts. We want to hear your thoughts, too. So login and comment, share on social media and reflect on what has been a pretty interesting year for global health. This year, the World

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