Realizing the potential of HIV self-testing

"AIDS and Behavior" special issue

C. Johnson, R. Baggaley, S. Forsythe, H. van Rooyen, N. Ford, S. Napierala Mavedzenge, E. Corbett, P. Natarajan, M. Taegtmeyer

Publication details

Editors: AIDS and Behavior, volume 18, supplement 4
Number of pages: Series of 9 articles on HIV self-testing
Publication date: July 2014



HIV self-testing (HIVST), a process in which an individual performs a HIV rapid diagnostic test and interprets the result in private, is an emerging approach that is well accepted, potentially cost-effective and empowering for those who may not otherwise test.

To further explore the potential of HIVST, the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and the World Health Organization held the first global symposium on the legal, ethical, gender, human rights and public health implications of HIVST. The meeting highlighted the potential of HIVST to increase access to and uptake of HIV testing, and emphasized the need to further develop evidence around the quality of HIVST and linkage to post-test services, and to assess the risks and the benefits associated with scale-up.

This special issue of AIDS and Behavior links directly to the symposium and presents some of the latest research and thinking on the scale-up of HIV self-testing.

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