Secondary distribution of HIV self-test: An innovate strategy for promoting male partner testing and reducing risk
Giving women multiple self-tests for secondary distribution to their sexual partners can help increase access to HIV testing among their partners, who are likely to find self-testing more appealing than facility-based testing. However, more information is needed to determine the safety and cost effectiveness of a strategy that provide high-risk women with multiple self-tests. In this study, a cluster randomized trial among HIV negative women in hotspots where women exchange sex and fisherfolk communities along the beaches in Nyanza region, Kenya.
The main objective is to provide multiple self-tests to the high-risk women and to compare its impact to conventional strategies for promoting testing and safer sexual behavior. The intervention includes giving fraction of women multiple HIV self-tests coupled with referral vouchers for confirmatory testing for those obtaining HIV-positive results) while the control group is given multiple referral vouchers alone for clinical-based HIV testing. The results are anticipated to provide much-needed evidence that can inform decision about wider adoption of such a self-testing strategy.
Study Contact: Kawango Agot (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org )
Principal Investigator: Harsha Thirumurthy, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA) and Kawango Agot, PhD, MPH (Impact Research and Development Organization, IRDO)
Co-Investigators: Suzanne Maman, PhD, MPH (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA), Sue Napierala Mavedzenge, PhD (RTI International, CA, USA), Camden Bay, PhD (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, USA)
Funding:National Institute Mental Health (NIMH)