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Volume 22 Supplement 1

Innovating with HIV self-testing for impact in southern Africa: Lessons learned from the STAR (Self-Testing AfRica) Initiative


Publication of this supplement has not been supported by sponsorship. Information about the source of funding for publication charges can be found in the individual articles. The articles have undergone the journal's standard peer review process for supplements. The Supplement Editors declare that they have no competing interests.

Edited by Vincent Wong, Muhammad Jamil and Thato Chidakire.

  1. Several trials of community-based HIV self-testing (HIVST) provide evidence on the acceptability and feasibility of campaign-style distribution to reach first-time testers, men and adolescents. However, we do not...

    Authors: Anke Rotsaert, Euphemia Sibanda, Karin Hatzold, Cheryl Johnson, Elizabeth Corbett, Melissa Neuman and Frances Cowan
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2022 22(Suppl 1):51
  2. Young people, aged 16–24, in southern Malawi have high uptake of HIV self-testing (HIVST) but low rates of linking to services following HIVST, especially in comparison, to older generations. The study aim is ...

    Authors: Lisa Harrison, Moses Kumwenda, Lot Nyirenda, Richard Chilongosi, Elizabeth Corbett, Karin Hatzold, Cheryl Johnson, Musonda Simwinga, Nicola Desmond and Miriam Taegtmeyer
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2022 22(Suppl 1):395
  3. HIV self-testing (HIVST) has the potential to increase coverage of HIV testing, but concerns exist about intended users’ ability to correctly perform and interpret tests, especially in poor communities with lo...

    Authors: Melissa Neuman, Alwyn Mwinga, Kezia Kapaku, Lucheka Sigande, Caroline Gotsche, Miriam Taegtmeyer, Russell Dacombe, Kwitaka Maluzi, Barry Kosloff, Cheryl Johnson, Karin Hatzold, Elizabeth L. Corbett and Helen Ayles
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2022 22(Suppl 1):494
  4. HIV epidemics in Western and Central Africa (WCA) remain concentrated among key populations, who are often unaware of their status. HIV self-testing (HIVST) and its secondary distribution among key populations...

    Authors: Odette Ky-Zerbo, Alice Desclaux, Sokhna Boye, Mathieu Maheu-Giroux, Nicolas Rouveau, Anthony Vautier, Cheick Sidi Camara, Brou Alexis Kouadio, Souleymane Sow, Clémence Doumenc-Aidara, Papa Alioune Gueye, Olivier Geoffroy, Odé Kanku Kamemba, Eboi Ehui, Cheick Tidiane Ndour, Abdelaye Keita…
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2023 22(Suppl 1):970
  5. Partner-delivered HIV self-testing kits has previously been highlighted as a safe, acceptable and effective approach to reach men. However, less is known about its real-world implementation in reaching partner...

    Authors: Vincent Zishiri, Donaldson F. Conserve, Zelalem T. Haile, Elizabeth Corbett, Karin Hatzold, Gesine Meyer-Rath, Katleho Matsimela, Linda Sande, Marc d’Elbee, Fern Terris-Prestholt, Cheryl C. Johnson, Thato Chidarikire, Francois Venter and Mohammed Majam
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2023 22(Suppl 1):971
  6. Coverage of HIV testing remains sub-optimal in West Africa. Between 2019 and 2022, the ATLAS program distributed ~400 000 oral HIV self-tests (HIVST) in Côte d’Ivoire, Mali, and Senegal, prioritising female se...

    Authors: Arsène Kouassi Kra, Arlette Simo Fotso, Kouassi Noël N’guessan, Olivier Geoffroy, Sidibé Younoussa, Odé Kanku Kabemba, Papa Alioune Gueye, Pauline Dama Ndeye, Nicolas Rouveau, Marie-Claude Boily, Romain Silhol, Marc d’Elbée, Mathieu Maheu-Giroux, Anthony Vautier and Joseph Larmarange
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2023 22(Suppl 1):972

    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Infectious Diseases 2023 23:681

  7. There is limited data on client preferences for different HIV self-testing (HIVST) and provider-delivered testing options and associated factors. We explored client preferences for oral-fluid-based self-testin...

    Authors: Webster Mavhu, Memory Makamba, Karin Hatzold, Galven Maringwa, Albert Takaruza, Miriam Mutseta, Getrude Ncube, Frances M. Cowan and Euphemia L. Sibanda
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2023 22(Suppl 1):973
  8. There is a growing body of evidence for the role that communities can have in producing beneficial health outcomes. There is also an increasing recognition of the effectiveness and success of community-led int...

    Authors: Katherine A. Thomas, Euphemia Lindelwe Sibanda, Cheryl Johnson, Constancia Watadzaushe, Getrude Ncube, Karin Hatzold, Mary K. Tumushime, Miriam Mutseta, Nancy Ruhode, Peach P. Indravudh, Frances M. Cowan and Melissa Neuman
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2023 22(Suppl 1):974
  9. Consultations for sexually transmitted infection (STI) provide an opportunity to offer HIV testing to both patients and their partners. This study describes the organisation of HIV self-testing (HIVST) distrib...

    Authors: Sokhna Boye, Alexis Kouadio, Amélé Florence Kouvahe, Anthony Vautier, Odette Ky-Zerbo, Nicolas Rouveau, Mathieu Maheu-Giroux, Romain Silhol, Arlette Simo Fotso, Joseph Larmarange and Dolorès Pourette
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2024 22(Suppl 1):975
  10. This study evaluates the implementation and running costs of an HIV self-testing (HIVST) distribution program in Eswatini. HIVST kits were delivered through community-based and workplace models using primary a...

    Authors: Kathleen McGee, Marc d’Elbée, Ralitza Dekova, Linda A. Sande, Lenhle Dube, Sanele Masuku, Makhosazana Dlamini, Collin Mangenah, Lawrence Mwenge, Cheryl Johnson, Karin Hatzold, Melissa Neuman, Gesine Meyer-Rath and Fern Terris-Prestholt
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2024 22(Suppl 1):976
  11. Although Zambia has integrated HIV-self-testing (HIVST) into its Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) regulatory frameworks, few best practices to optimize the use of HIV self-testing to increase testing coverag...

    Authors: Musonda Simwinga, Lwiindi Gwanu, Bernadette Hensen, Lucheka Sigande, Mwami Mainga, Thokozile Phiri, Eliphas Mwanza, Mutale Kabumbu, Chama Mulubwa, Lawrence Mwenge, Chiti Bwalya, Moses Kumwenda, Ellen Mubanga, Paul Mee, Cheryl C. Johnson, Elizabeth L. Corbett…
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2024 22(Suppl 1):977
  12. In Malawi, female sex workers (FSW) have high HIV incidence and regular testing is suggested. HIV self-testing (HIVST) is a safe and acceptable alternative to standard testing services. This study assessed; wh...

    Authors: Paul Mee, Melissa Neuman, Moses Kumwenda, Wezzie S. Lora, Simon Sikwese, Mwiza Sambo, Katherine Fielding, Pitchaya P. Indravudh, Karin Hatzold, Cheryl Johnson, Elizabeth. L. Corbett and Nicola Desmond
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2024 22(Suppl 1):978
  13. HIV self-testing (HIVST) can use either oral-fluid or blood-based tests. Studies have shown strong preferences for self-testing compared to facility-based services. Despite availability of low-cost blood-based...

    Authors: Ailva O’Reilly, Webster Mavhu, Melissa Neuman, Moses K. Kumwenda, Cheryl C. Johnson, George Sinjani, Pitchaya Indravudh, Augustin Choko, Karin Hatzold and Elizabeth L. Corbett
    Citation: BMC Infectious Diseases 2024 22(Suppl 1):979

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