Self Testing | Jipime study
This pilot study explores whether the provision of oral HIV self-test kits to women can be used to facilitate partner testing and reduce exposure to HIV through better sexual decision-making. The study provides adult women in Kenya, recruited from antenatal care and post-partum clinics and from a commercial sex worker program, with multiple oral self-tests, counsel them on how to use the tests and where to seek care if necessary, and encourage them to use self-tests for testing their current and potential sexual partners.
The benefits to participants include increased knowledge about their own HIV status and potentially their partners’ HIV status, which in turn may serve to reduce their risk of HIV infection.
The knowledge gained from this study will also help inform policy makers and HIV prevention programs about the potential role that HIV self-tests can play in increasing awareness of HIV status and reducing the number of new HIV infections. This study will determine the acceptability and feasibility of a strategy to provide multiple HIV self-tests in order to promote HIV testing in sexual and other social networks.