March 31, 2015
The introduction of self-testing for HIV in low-income countries would likely offer health benefits to those communities and may also save costs, according to recent findings.
“Possible advantages of self-testing over more standard [provider-delivered HIV testing and counseling] include greater convenience, confidentiality and empowerment for users,” researchers wrote in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. “Self-testing has potential to reach people who, for a variety of reasons, have chosen not to have an HIV test, using the PHTC option. Its availability may also lead to an increase in the frequency at which individuals choose to test for HIV.”