HIV Self-testing Africa (STAR) Symposium
HIV self-testing is accurate, acceptable, supports linkage to treatment and prevention and increasingly becomes an integral part of the global HIV response. Funded by Unitaid through PSI and SFH, the interdisciplinary research conducted through the STAR initiative by scientists from UK, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia has produced crucial evidence that catalysed fast adoption of HIV self-testing in national HIV programs as an effective tool to focus public health resource and reach marginalized and hard to reach populations.
The symposium will share lessons learnt from the novel project structure that interlocked research with public health programming to facilitate a rapid translation from scientific findings to public health policy. Key outcomes on HIV self-testing in developing countries will be presented with a focus on costs and the best mix of delivery models and demand creation strategies.