Designing Innovations to Support HIV Self-testing
HIV self-testing kits offer a unique and crucial opportunity to address the current gap in HIV testing linked to care. Evidence shows that HIV self-testing can increase uptake among certain populations that are currently not reachable by existing channels, and that testing frequency can also be increased among certain populations with high ongoing risk of HIV infections. Uptake of HIV testing and knowledge of status is particularly low among men, adolescents and key populations.
M4ID will work in Nairobi and Kisumu, Kenya, and focus on innovations seeking to increase uptake of HIV self-testing among young men. Through a human-centred design approach, we will identify consumer preferences and needs, and co-design and test concepts to increase the demand for self-testing kits. We will also explore how to facilitate the subsequent linkage to care.
This work is carried out with our partners, the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, Elton John AIDS Foundation and Unitaid.