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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 Fosto, 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

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