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From the Conversation: HIV self-test kits are meant to empower those at risk − but they don’t necessarily lead to starting HIV treatment or prevention

DATE & TIME: October 15, 2023, 04:00 PM. FILED UNDER: Feature. LINK TO POST:

HIV self-test kits were developed to make it easier for people to access HIV testing. However, our research team has found that many people who use self-test kits do not go on to receive needed HIV treatment or start preexposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, to prevent future infection.

In 2016, the World Health Organization recommended HIV self-test kits as a way for people to confidentially test for HIV in their homes or other private places. Each kit contains detailed instructions on how to administer the test and read the results without the help of a clinician. However, the instructions advise confirming results in a health facility to improve access to care, especially for those with a positive reading.

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