By Dr Helen A Weiss, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK
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- We know that “rapid ART initiation improves viral suppression” in people who have newly diagnosed HIV. This is depicted in many studies around the world.
- To reach the 90, 90, 90 target, we must start a dialogue about easily accessible self-testing kits in Australia. I believe this will remove the barrier of waiting time and also hesitancy to see a health care professional. However, before we roll out self-testing kits, I believe it is imperative to educate the consumers about pre-test counselling through the self-test kit.
- Dr Weiss showed the interesting fact that there was high uptake of self-test kits in young males. A staggering 44% were first time testers.