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A baseline assessment of the policy and regulatory environment for HIV self-testing in Malawi, Zimbabwe and Zambia


Author
Dacombe et al.

Publication year
2016

Country
Multi-country

Type of approach
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Type of assistance
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Specimen
Fingerstick/whole blood, Oral-fluid

Study population
Health-care workers: Health-care workers

Study design
Feasibility/acceptability

Sample size
60

UNAIDS HIV prevalence (2017)
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Methodology
In this study, a legal and policy review of HIVST was conducted. About 60 interviews were conducted with key informants, and data was analyzed using a thematic framework.

Summary of findings
Themes that emerged in this study include the need for policymakers to have a clearer understanding of the role of their regulatory bodies for in-vitro diagnostics. It was reported that in-vitro diagnostics are not actively regulated in the three countries in this study. Regulators reported not being included in policy level discussions, leading to a disconnect between policy and regulation. Ministries of Health indicate they are eager to adopt HIVST into policy, but thus far, the establishment of coordination bodies is only in early stages.

Acceptability
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Acceptability details
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Willingness to pay
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Willingness to pay details
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Sensitivity
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Specificity
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Concordance
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HIV positivity
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Accuracy details
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Social harm
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Linkage to prevention, care and treatment
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Study status
Completed