HIV Cyber-Educators Meet Hidden Populations Where They Are

By Paola Chavez-Zurita and Emma Halper, PSI Edited by Alejandra Cabrera, PASMO Marcos Rodas loves social media. And he’s certainly not alone. As a young Guatemalan, Marcos is one of 102 million Facebook users in Central America and Mexico, a region where 59 percent of internet users have active social media accounts. Central America is

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Is There a Role for the Private Sector in Kenya’s HIV Self-Testing Drive?

By Shannon Rosenberg, Market Dynamics Advisor, PSI The Kenyan government has massively scaled up testing and has made significant progress towards the UNAIDS 90-90-90 targets. However, with declining yield rates, increasing costs, and significant testing gaps for men and youth, achieving the first target of 90% of people living with HIV (PLHIV) knowing their status by

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HIV Self Testing Couple

For The Love Of HIV Self-Testing

By Sandy Garçon, External Relations and Communications Manager, PSI Your Valentine’s Day checklist probably includes chocolates, a heart-adorned card and a bouquet of red roses. Perhaps a teddy bear. How about some peace of mind? Beyond the grand gestures and candlelit dinners, Valentine’s Day is also a good occasion to reflect on how we can

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Humanizing HIV Data

“Humanizing data to design a better community health system should be considered paramount to truly make a difference in communities.” – English Sall, Maverick Collective Member Below is an excerpt from Huffington Post. To read the full article, click here. Her name is Phiona. She would be considered an “outlier” by data standards. An outlier is

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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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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 But his database was outdated.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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