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 AIDS Day 2017: Two Years and a World of Difference

By Petra Stankard, Senior Technical Advisor – HIV & TB, PSI Two years to this day – on World AIDS Day 2015 – PSI, Unitaid and partners gathered in Harare, Zimbabwe to launch the HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Initiative, to date the largest study of its kind in three southern African countries. At the time,

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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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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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PSI Global Ambassador Wins Women of Achievement Award

Congratulations to PSI Global Health Ambassador Debra Messing for being honored with the Women of Achievement Award at the 32nd Annual WP Theater Gala on Monday, March 27. The award honors women in theatre that have excelled not only in their profession, but also in their other endeavors. Debra joins the ranks of former award

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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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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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Meet HIV Self-Testing Musketeer Harrison Gwaze

By Sabrina Sidhu, Writer, UNITAID This blog post is the second 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 Messing to learn more about

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What is the Potential for HIV Self-Testing in Africa ?

By Karin Hatzold, MD, MPH, Deputy Director of HIV/TB, PSI; Project Director of UNITAID/PSI STAR Project This blog post is the first in a series of four on the HIV Self-Test AfRica (STAR) project. The STAR team visit Malawi with PSI Global Ambassador Debra Messing to learn more about how HIV Self-Testing can contribute to achieving

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