Are we on the fast tract to “Bend and End” the HIV epidemics?

Increasing the uptake of testing, especially among those at high risk or who rarely test, is one of the underpinning strategies to reach the 90, 90, 90 goals. Self-testing has enormous potential in Australia to reach these groups, however must be implemented with care. 

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.

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