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HIV self-test kits are meant to empower those at risk − but they don't necessarily lead to starting HIV treatment or prevention

Oluwafemi Atanda Adeagbo, Assistant Professor of Public Health, University of Iowa, Oluwaseun Abdulganiyu Badru, Ph.D. Candidate in Community and Behavioral Health, University of Iowa, and Engelbert Bain Luchuo, Senior Research Associate, University of Johannesburg, The Conversation on

Published in Health & Fitness

More research is needed to better understand the link between HIV self-testing and HIV prevention.

Our next step is to understand why people did or did not receive care following HIV self-testing. We plan on interviewing HIV self-test kit users about their experience using the self-test and whether they went on to receive care.

We hope the results of this study will help us build an intervention to increase access to care following an HIV self-test. This will contribute toward the national plan to end the HIV epidemic by 2030 in the U.S.

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Adeagbo Oluwafemi Atanda receives funding from University of Iowa and National Institutes of Health.

Engelbert Bain Luchuo and Oluwaseun Abdulganiyu Badru do not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organization that would benefit from this article, and have disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.


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