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Thematic Window HIV Self-Testing

3ie’s Thematic Window on HIV Self-testing (TW2) was launched in early 2013 in collaboration with the Government of Kenya. 

TW2 operates under two separate phases — phase 1 funds formative research and phase 2, funds pilot interventions and their impact evaluations.

Six awards were made under Phase 1 of 3ie’s Thematic Window 2 on HIV Self-Testing, Kenya, to conduct formative research related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions using HIV oral self-tests in the Republic of Kenya. In phase 2, proposals were accepted for implementing impact evaluation of pilot programmes.

3ie has launched a Thematic Window on HIV Self-Testing in the Republic of Zambia which includes one formative research study and up to two pilot projects along with their rapid impact evaluations.

About 3ie’s Thematic Window 2 on HIV Self-Testing

Although HIV self-tests may be a useful tool for encouraging individuals to know their status, little is known about potential users, methods of delivery, and linkage to care. Critically, more knowledge about potential social harms is vital for policymakers and health-care providers seeking to make self-tests available as a method to address the HIV and AIDS epidemic. 3ie is funding research on HIV self-testing under two separate phases—phase 1, which will fund formative research and phase 2, which will fund pilot interventions and their impact evaluations.

3ie’s Thematic Window on HIV Self-testing (TW2) was launched in early 2013 in collaboration with the Government of Kenya. In July 2014, 3ie published a set of formative research studies for Kenya undertaken in phase 1 and will be announcing the awards of the phase 2 grants in August 2014.

Six awards were made under phase 1 of 3ie’s Thematic Window on HIV Self-Testing, Kenya, to conduct formative research related to the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions using HIV oral self-tests in the Republic of Kenya. In phase 2, proposals were accepted for implementing impact evaluation of pilot programmes. Click here to read more about 3ie’s Thematic Window on HIV Self-Testing, Kenya.

3ie has launched a Thematic Window on HIV Self-Testing in the Republic of Zambia which includes one formative research study and up to two pilot projects along with their rapid impact evaluations. Click here to read more about 3ie’s Thematic Window on HIV Self-Testing, Zambia.

Background on HIV Self-Testing 

There is increasing international interest in the possibility of HIV self-testing. First-time testing and repeat testing are considered vital for preventing HIV and AIDS and for reaching the UNAIDS 2020 targets of 90 per cent of people with HIV knowing their status, 90 per cent of people with HIV receiving antiretroviral treatment and 90 per cent of people on treatment having an undetectable viral load. UNAIDS released a brief technical note on HIV self-testing in May 2014 and the World Health Organization sponsored a special issue of AIDS and Behavior on HIV self-testing published in July 2014.

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