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HIV self-testing at the workplace

HIV affects many people worldwide, often when they are young, productive and part of the workforce. The number of people living with HIV in the workforce has continued to increase and is estimated to reach 29.9 million globally by 2020.

Workers in certain industries may face particularly high risk of HIV, especially when they remain away from home and/or partners for long periods. Such industries include the military, mining, construction, security, petroleum, agriculture, fishing, long-distance driving and many others. The workers in such industries may not have easy access to HIV testing services, and the workplace may be the best place to reach them.

HIV self-testing (HIVST) is a testing option recommended by WHO that can be used to reach as-yet undiagnosed populations. This policy brief outlines key planning and implementation considerations for managers and implementers introducing HIVST at workplaces.

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Published: 2018
Theme: Implementing guidance