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HIV self-testing offers new opportunities for health workers and lay providers

HIV self-testing may streamline service delivery and enable health care providers to save time and deliver additional HIV testing and/or other important services. Because a negative self-test result generally does not require further testing, individuals can be directed to HIV prevention immediately. One example is male circumcision, for which the requirement of HIV testing has been a barrier. However, before initiating pre-exposure prophylaxis, further testing is needed.

Individuals with a positive self-test result can be expedited to further HIV testing for confirmation and then to post-test counselling and treatment services. It is important that testing providers are made aware of these benefits and how HIV self-testing can enhance existing services and their roles. 

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Posted: 11 July 2017