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HIV self-testing: The key to controlling the global epidemic
Date:4/2/2013

rs observed that acceptability (defined as the number of people who self-tested divided by the number who consented to self-test) was very high for both self-testing strategies. They also found evidence that people preferred self-testing to facility-based testing and oral self-testing to blood-based self-testing. The preference was largely driven by the fact the oral self-tests are non-invasive, convenient, easy to swab and do not involve a finger stick or blood from your arm for a preliminary screen, explains Dr. Pant Pai. A lot of people also wanted to take the oral self-test home to test their partners.

Dr. Pant Pais project is supported by a Stars in Global Health award from Grand Challenges Canada, which is funded by the Government of Canada. Canada has a deep pool of talent dedicated to pursuing bold ideas that can have big impact in the developing world, adds Dr. Peter A. Singer, CEO of Grand Challenges Canada. Grand Challenges Canada is proud to support innovators like Dr. Pant Pai because they will make a difference to many lives.

Dr. Pant Pai and colleagues urge policy makers everywhere to look at the proven results of supervised and unsupervised self-testing, and think how best to put these strategies into practice in their own countries. We have, as a society, made great progress with biomedical tools, drugs and strategies, but we havent conquered HIV-related stigma and perceived discrimination. The time is now right to tailor strategies to suit the preferences and lifestyles of patients with a view to expand access.
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Contact: Isabelle Malbuf
Isabelle.malboeuf@muhc.mcgill.ca
514-843-1560
McGill University Health Centre
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