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Increased uptake of HIV testing among those living with undiagnosed HIV, followed by effective linkage to prevention and treatment is essential to reaching the United Nation’s 90-90-90 and prevention goals. However, the testing gap – with 40% of people with HIV unaware of their status and the poor coverage among men, key populations and young people in sub-Saharan Africa is a key challenge facing the HIV response. HIV self-testing (HIVST) has been proposed as a critical tool to address these challenges – with potential to influence both prevention and treatment. The UNITAID/PSI HIV Self-Testing Africa (STAR) Project, the largest multi-country study on HIVST, has demonstrated the potential impact that wide scale HIVST could have on improved health outcomes of PLHIV, HIV transmission and cost-effectiveness of HIV prevention and care. This satellite presents key results from Phase I of the STAR project and the planned next steps from moving evidence into action and making HIVST a reality in Africa.

17:00
SUSA2001
Introductions to the panel
Lelio Marmora, Switzerland (to be confirmed)
Peter Godfrey-Faussett, Switzerland
17:03
SUSA2002
Introductory remarks
Deborah Birx, United States
17:10
SUSA2003
Welcome remarks
Anne-Claude Cremieux, France
Slides
17:15
SUSA2004
HIVST: Setting the Scene, STAR Project
Karin Hatzold, United States
Slides
17:20
SUSA2005
Panel one, HIVST Proof of concept, formative research
Frances Cowan, United Kingdom
17:25
SUSA2006
Usability and Validity of Oral Fluid Self-Tests Among Intended Users: Experiences from Malawi, Zambia And Zimbabwe
Euphemia Lindelwe Sibanda, Zimbabwe
Slides
17:35
SUSA2007
User preferences to inform HIVST distribution and linkage to care services: Qualitative and Quantitative formative research
Fern Terris-Prestholt, United Kingdom
Slides
17:45
SUSA2008
Questions from the audience and moderated discussion with panellists
17:50
SUSA2009
Panel two, HIVST country experiences, Models of Distribution, Impact, Cost-effectiveness
Liz Corbett, United Kingdom
Cheryl Johnson, Switzerland
17:55
SUSA2010
Impact of HIVST on uptake of HIV testing among unreached populations and those living with undiagnosed HIV, Experiences from the STAR Project in Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Miriam Mutseta, Zimbabwe
Slides
18:05
SUSA2011
Improving linkage to prevention and treatment after self-testing among male partners of antenatal care attendees: a multi-arm adaptive cluster randomised trial in Malawi
Augustine Choko, United Kingdom
Slides
18:15
SUSA2012
The costs and cost-effectiveness of HIV self-testing: review of findings from STAR
Hendramoorthy Maheswaran, United Kingdom
Slides
18:25
SUSA2013
Panel Discussions, What do we know, where are the research gaps with HIVST?
18:30
SUSA2014
Panel three, STAR next phase: Moving evidence into action and making HIVST a reality in Africa
Peter Godfrey-Faussett, Switzerland
Rachel Baggaley, Switzerland
18:32
SUSA2015
Remarks from UNITAID
Lelio Marmora, Switzerland (to be confirmed)
18:37
SUSA2016
Civil Society advocacy for HIVST Movement
Kenly Sikwese, Zambia
18:42
SUSA2017
Remarks from Population Services International
Karl Hofmann, United States
18:47
SUSA2018
HIV Self-Testing and what it means for South Africa
Yogan Pillay, South Africa
18:57
SUSA2019
Summary, Way Forward HIVST and STAR
Peter Godfrey-Faussett, Switzerland
Rachel Baggaley, Switzerland