HIV/AIDS

A review of the evidence of harm from self-tests

Journal article published in AIDS and behavior, July 2014

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Authors:
Annette N. Brown, Eric W. Djimeu, Drew B. Cameron

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Publication date: July 2014
Languages: English

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Abstract

Although HIV self-testing may overcome some barriers to HIV testing, various stakeholders have expressed concerns that HIV self-testing may lead to unintended harm, including psychological, social and medical harm. Recognizing that similar concerns were raised in the past for some other self-tests, we conduct a review of the literature on a set of self-tests that share some characteristics with HIV self-tests to determine whether there is any evidence of harm.

We find that although the potential for harm is discussed in the literature on self-tests, there is very little evidence that such harm occurs.

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